Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue built in Gujarat, to the country on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31 (31.10.1875 - 15.12.1950).
India's farmers have struggled to make ends meet at the same time as the country's government has built the ambitious £335 million and 597 feet high statue in Gujarat. Facing the Narmada Dam, the statue is on a river island called Sadhu Bet near Rajpipla in Gujarat. "We want to make a statue of Sardar Patel at twice the size of the statue of Liberty", said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2013.
The statue has been sculpted by the famous Indian father-son duo of Ram and Anil Sutar, noted for their depictions of various Indian politicians.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor Wednesday wanted to know why BJP had not built a bigger statue for Mahatma Gandhi while they erected a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, his disciple. It will be more than 50 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, the world's current record holder, at 128 metres. Every Indian will now be proud to see the world's tallest statue here on Indian soil.
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According to local media reports, at least 16 tribal leaders were detained on the eve of the inauguration.
Modi announced the project "The Statue of Unity" in 2010 while serving as chief minister of Gujrat. The statue can withstand heavy winds of up to 130 km per hour and earthquakes up to 6.5 on Richter scale.
- There is also large audio-visual exhibition gallery, spread across 4647 sq.mt area with an automated ramp.
Chaterjee said Modi's "own image is modeled on Patel's: A man of action, a forceful administrator, and a close friend of big business". The state government is building a two-mile high way for tourists to reach the statue from the nearby town of Kevadia, while it can also be reached by boat across the Sardar Sarovar reservoir.
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Activists said about a dozen of their leaders had been detained before Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, with an air force jet flyover, helicopters showering flowers on the statue and fireworks in the green, orange and white national colors.
After its grand inauguration on 31 October, the statue will be open for public visit from 3 November from 9am-6pm.
He described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of the country's engineering and technical capabilities.
Another statue, set to be even taller than the Statue of Unity is being built in the Arabian ocean, just off the coast of Mumbai.
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