Vehemently criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a Chinese company having reportedly been awarded a sub-contract for constructing a 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, state Congress general secretary Nishit Vyas has demanded that the contract be cancelled immediately and the job for designing, construction and mainteance of the statue be handled by some Indian companies only.
Alleging that Modi spent hundreds of crores of rupees on advertising his “Make in India” campaign to build his image within and outside the country, the Congress leader said that “handing over the contract of the statue project to Chinese amounts to betrayal of the promises made with the people of the country”.
The Chinese company is reported to have promised to complete the project within two and a half years. Once completed, it would be installed at ‘Sadhu Bet’ of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada dam at Kevadia Colony inNarmdada district of the state.
The project was awarded to Larsen and Toubro, one of Indian’s leading engineering company, in 2014 and it was to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,979 crores in four years. L&T is reported to hjave now given sub-contract to Chinese company, Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group. Called as ‘Statue of Unity’ to honour Sardar Patel’s gigantic contribution of integrating hundreds of principalities into what is the Indian Union now, the statue would be the world’s tallest and double the size of New York’s ‘Statue of Liberty’ (93 metres).