Monday, 19 November, 2018

PM Modi unveils world's tallest structure, 'Statue of Unity' in Gujarat's Kevadia

India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue World's Tallest Statue Is Quite Staggering – Double The Size Of The Statue Of Liberty [Images]
Jay Anderson | 01 November, 2018, 06:16

At 597 feet, the statue, built at a cost of $430 million, is the tallest in the world, nearly twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the BBC reports. He hailed Sardar Patel's "strategic thinking" in bringing together the disparate country after independence in 1947 and described the Statue of Unity as "a symbol of our engineering and technical prowess".

The "Iron Man of India", a moniker the first deputy prime minister of the country earned through his commitment to national integration in the Forties, will in fact be clad entirely in bronze when dedicated by Shri Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning; 1,850 tonnes of bronze to be precise. The imposing monument is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the USA and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat's Narmada district. He had promised the project despite criticism that India couldn't afford to spend so much money on a statue.

The Air Force performed fly-past to mark the unveiling of the "Statue of Unity" by PM Modi.

"BJP and RSS leaders used to attack my government over the construction of Dalit memorials and statues, including of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, in Lucknow and Noida".

Thousands of labourers and hundreds of engineers worked on the project, Gujarat's Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said.

The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader in India's history, stands at 182m.




Addressing a function at the district Congress committee office here, the Congress leader said there was no such enormous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.

The bronze statue is made up of almost 100,000 tons of steel and concrete.

"Police patrolling has been intensified in the wake of protests by the local tribal community and leaders".

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge slammed BJP for using the statue of Sardar Patel for their "vested interests".

Surrounded by the waters of the Narmada river, the statue stands at five times the height of Rio De Janeiro's famous statue of Christ The Redeemer and more than double the height of Russia's imposing The Motherland Calls statue in Volgograd.

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