• Home
  • National News
  • PM Modi unveils world's tallest statue, extols Sardar Patel's courage and capability
PM Modi unveils world's tallest statue, extols Sardar Patel's courage and capability
National  
NDTV

Apart from the Patel bronze figure, other major attractions include inauguration of a 17-km-long Valley of flowers, a Tent City for tourists near the statue and a museum dedicated to the life and times of Patel.

 

Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, on Wednesday, was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat. The 182 metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was unveiled on his 143rd birth anniversary. 
 
While addressing a gathering PM Modi said that the statue will be a reminder about the courage of a man who thwarted efforts to disintegrate India.
 
Had Sardar Patel not united the country, we would need visas to see lions or pay homage at Somnath or view the Charminar in Hyderabad, the prime minister said. 
 
He added that the statue will remind those who question India's existence that this nation was, is and will remain eternal. He described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of the country's engineering and technical capabilities.
 
Referring to criticism over construction of the project, Modi said the BJP is censured even when it praises great leaders like Patel.
 
"Is it (praising great leaders) a crime?" Modi asked the gathering present at the unveiling ceremony.
 
 
"It was the sentiment of crores of Indians that the man who united the country should get the honour he deserved," the prime minister said. 
 
"It was the sentiment of crores of Indians that the man who united the country should get the honour he deserved," the prime minister said. It 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.
 
It is built on Sadhu Bet Island on Narmada and costed Rs 2,389 crore to the government. 
 
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. 
 
A viewing gallery at a height of 153 metres has been created inside the statue to enable tourists to have a view of 1,210 metre long concrete Sardar Sarovar Dam, 3.2 km upstream as well as the nearby Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges. 
 
The Gujarat government expects the statue to boost tourism, with one estimate putting the daily numbers at 15,000.
 
Apart from the Patel bronze figure, other major attractions include inauguration of a 17-km-long Valley of flowers, a Tent City for tourists near the statue and a museum dedicated to the life and times of Patel. 
 
The Tent City, located around four km from the Statue of Unity can house more than 500 tourists in one go.
 
Gujarat Governor O P Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah were present at the unveiling of the 'Statue of Unity'. 

 
 


 
 


 
More in National
From Streets To A 1000-Crore Company: The Inspiring Success Story Of B...

‘Bikanervala’ is a leading brand in the line of Indian snacks and sweets. Their specialization in this field dates back to about a hundred years back....

Recently posted . 18 views

Exclusive: BJP Received Donation From Company Being Probed for 'Terror...

Weeks after Amit Shah accused NCP leader Praful Patel of treason for having bought a property from the wife of an accused terrorist, the 'Mirchi' factor h...

Recently posted . 17 views

Man Marries Girlfriend In ICU After She Attempts Suicide, Escapes: Cop...

Pune: In her complaint, the woman had claimed that Suraj Nalavade allegedly refused to marry her, saying that she belongs to a lower caste.  <...

Recently posted . 12 views

Mumbai’s ‘first home system’ auto rickshaw impresses many, including T...

Twinkle Khanna shared an image of an auto on Instagram. It shows the vehicle decked up with all sorts of facilities.

Recently posted . 21 views

These Destinations in India Should Put Restrictions on the Tourist Inf...

If you are not living under a rock, you must already be aware of the huge traffic fiasco that the popular Indian holiday destinations saw at the peak of this summer...

Recently posted . 18 views

Delhi Man Arrested At IGI Airport For Dressing Up As Pilot, Just To Sh...

To the point: The man was found in possession of a fake ID card, just so that he could shoot videos and enjoy preferential treatments of being a pi...

Recently posted . 12 views

 
 
 

Prashnavali

Thought of the day

“साख बनाने में बीस साल लगते हैं और उसे गंवाने में बस पांच मिनट. अगर आप इस बारे में सोचेंगे तो आप चीजें अलग तरह से करेंगे.”
Anonymous