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On 31st October 2018, PM Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity, which is the world’s tallest statue, on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel‘s birth anniversary. It’s about eight years when PM Modi proposed this ambitious project and today he unveiled the Statue of Unity.
It’s the world’s tallest statue at 182 metres which is built in honor of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue of unity stands on Sadhu Island on The Narmada in Gujarat and is twice of the height of the statue of Liberty in the US. BJP chief Amit Shah, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani and Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patek were also present at the venue with PM Modi.
After the inauguration of this statue, PM Modi said ‘Statue of Unity is a reply to all those who question the existence of India. The height of the statue will always remind the youth that future India will be as huge as this. It is also representative of our engineering and technology affordability.’
Pm Modi also credited Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel for ‘uniting India’ and said ‘Had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, not united India; we would require visas to see lions or pay homage at Somnath or to view Charminar in Hyderabad. Sardar Patel changed India’s diversity into its biggest strength. India today is following the path which is shown by Sardar Patel and is moving forward to become the world’s greatest economic and strategic power.’
Statue of Unity is built at the cost of 2989 crore rupees, and the height of the statue is 182 metres. The world’s tallest statue is conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in characteristic garb in a walking pose. It also rises out of a star-shaped, geometric base that entirely covers the Sadhu Hill.
Pm Modi also alleged that his government had taken steps for the cause of bringing to life the history and contributions of great Indian personalities. He also added that ‘during the last four years many memorials of our national hoes has set up which also includes the Statue of Unity, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar’s Panch Tirth and a memorial devoted to the son of Gujarat’s soil, Shyamji Krishna Varma.’ After this PM Modi also listed numerous upcoming memorial and other initiatives by his government like a museum dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and Chhatrapati Shivaji’s statue in Mumbai. He added that ‘however few people surprisingly are seeing our movement from the political glasses. We are criticized for praising the contributions done by our national heroes like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Home minister of independent India and is credited with merging about 550 princely states into the Union of India. PM Modi today gave a 55-minute speech and said that ‘it was the sentiment of crores of Indians that the man who united India should get the honor he deserved. It was the responsibility and duty of the people to provide a befitting reply to the efforts which aims at dividing the country.’
In the end, PM Modi walked up to the base of the Statue of Unity and offered floral tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He also visited the museum which was built beneath the statue and a viewing gallery created at the height of 135 metres inside the statue. A puja was also performed o the occasion.
The project took about 42 months to complete. Apart from the Statue of Unity, there are five more related sites constructed along with it. This includes the ticket counter, the walkway, the food court, the four-lane approach highway, as well as the ‘Shrestha Bharat Bhavan’ which is a 52 rooms lodge with three-star facilities for visitors visiting this world’s tallest statue.