Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on September 9, 2018 announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, 2018.
Named as the ‘Statue of Unity’, the statue is currently under construction on Sadhubet island at Sardar Sarovar Dam near Kevadia Colony in Bharuch district, Gujarat. The statue will highlight the works of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as the ‘Ironman of India’.
The foundation stone of the Statue of Unity was laid down by then Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on October 31, 2014 on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 139th birth anniversary. The construction work of the project was awarded to leading engineering company, Larsen and Toubro.
The Statue of Unity is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This project was announced on October 31, 2013 by Narendra Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
1. For the development of the project, Modi launched a countrywide campaign to collect iron to build the Statue of Unity and iron was collected from around seven lakh villages across the nation.
2. The statue will be 182m tall, that is double the size of New York’s Statue of Liberty (93 metres).
3. The project will include an exhibition hall and audio-visual presentation on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
4. The main structure will be completed at an expense of Rs 1345 crore, a part of Rs 2979 crore total amount allocated for the project.