The World’s tallest Statue 182 mtrs tall Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’
The World's tallest Statue 182 mtrs tall Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 'Statue of Unity' unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Gujrat.
Preparations are in full swing to inaugurate Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, in Gujarat’s Kevadiya on Wednesday.
The statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet) will be inaugurated on the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, ” On the Jayanti of Sardar Patel, the ‘Statue of Unity’ will be dedicated to the nation. The statue, which is on the banks of the Narmada is a fitting tribute to the great Sardar Patel.”
Vallabhbhai Patel (31 October 1875 – 15 December 1950), popularly known as Sardar Patel, was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was an Indian barrister and statesman, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and a founding father of the Republic of India who played a leading role in the country’s struggle for independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. In India and elsewhere, he was often called Sardar. He acted as de facto Supreme Commander-in-chief of the during the political integration of India and the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947.
Here After the Prime Minister unveils the statue, three IAF planes would fly past and create the tricolour in the sky by emitting saffron, white and green colours. The statue has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 metric tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure, according to a government statement. The statue’s construction had, however, received opposition from some tribal groups in Narmada district. They had claimed ‘mass destruction’ of natural resources due to the project.
Built in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the giant structure will be dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Security arrangements have also been tightened in Kevadiya, ahead of the inauguration. The imposing monument is twice the height of Statue of Liberty and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district.
It is almost 29 metres taller than China`s Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and almost twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in New York. Three Indian Air Force planes flew past the Patel figure and created the tricolour in the sky after Modi inaugurated the giant.
The Prime Minister would also inaugurate the ‘Wall of Unity’ (a monument defining India’s unity) near the statue. After inaugurating the Wall of Unity, PM Modi would offer floral tributes to Patel.
On the occasion, cultural and musical programmes were performed by the bands of the Gujarat Police, armed and paramilitary forces. There will also be dance and musical performances by artists drawn from 29 states and two Union Territories.