Statue of Unity inauguration HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi unveils world’s tallest statue, credits Sardar Patel for united India
Statue of Unity (Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue) Inauguration HIGHLIGHTS: On the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, PM Modi inaugurated the world's tallest statue - Statue of Unity to the nation. Follow all the latest news.
Statue of Unity Inauguration HIGHLIGHTS: At 182 meters, Statue of Unity is said to be the world’s tallest statue. (Express Photo By Bhupendra Rana)
Statue of Unity Inauguration HIGHLIGHTS: Eight years after proposing the ambitious project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday unveiled the Statue of Unity – the world’s tallest statue at 182 metres -built in honour of freedom fighter and India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue stands on Sadhu island on the Narmada in Gujarat and is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
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Dedicating the statue to the nation, PM Modi said, “Statue of Unity is an answer to all those who question the existence of India. The height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this. It is also symbolic of our engineering and technology affordability.”
Crediting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for “uniting India,” PM Modi said, “Had Sardar Patel not united the country, we would need visas to see lions or pay homage at Somnath or view the Charminar in Hyderabad. Patel converted India’s diversity into its biggest strength. The country is today following the path shown by Patel and is moving towards becoming the world’s greatest economic and strategic power.” Also present at the venue were BJP chief Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel.
Built at a cost of Rs 2,989 crores, the project took 42 months to complete. Apart from the statue itself, there are five other related sites that are constructed along with the world’s tallest statue. These include the walkway, the ticket counter, the food court, the four-lane approach highway, and the ‘Shrestha Bharat Bhavan’- a 52-room three-star lodging facility for the visitors coming to see the monument.
On the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world's tallest statue - 'Statue of Unity' in Gujarat. Follow HIGHLIGHTS in Malayalam, Bengali,Tamil, Hindi
The statue stands on Sadhu island on the Narmada, 3.2 km downstream of Sardar Sarovar Dam.
The statue was conceptualised by Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister. Its foundation was laid in October 2013. Governors of Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, Vajubhai Vala and Anandiben Patel, respectively, will be present at the event besides Gujarat Governor O P Kohli. BJP national president Amit Shah, who is also a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, is expected to reach Vadodara late on Tuesday. Ministers and bureaucrats are already camping in Vadodara to prepare for Wednesday’s event.
The statue stands on Sadhu island on the Narmada, 3.2 km downstream of Sardar Sarovar Dam. According to Statue of Unity website, 200 km of the dam’s reservoir and the Satpura and Vindhya ranges can be seen from a viewing platform at the level of the statue’s chest. Statue can be seen from at least 20 km away. A ropeway spanning the breadth of the dam is planned.
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