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PM Modi inaugurates Statue of Unity on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary

On the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat’s Narmada district

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Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US, was unveiled on October 31 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat’s Narmada district on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Sardar Patel's family and relatives pose for a group photograph with Statue Of Unity in the backdrop at Kevadiya colony in Narmada district. (Source: PTI)

PM Modi inaugurates 'Statue of Unity' on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

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. (Source: Reuters)

PM Modi inaugurates 'Statue of Unity' on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

PM Narendra Modi poured soil and Narmada water into a ‘kalash’ to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. He also did a virtual “abhishek” of the statue with the help of a lever. (Source: Reuters)

PM Modi inaugurates 'Statue of Unity' on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary

The statue was conceptualised by Modi when he was Gujarat Chief Minister. Its foundation was laid in October 2013. (Source: Reuters)