Statue of Unity Interesting facts about the world s tallest statue

Arturo Kim
October 31, 2018

Referring to the "statue of unity", the PM said that Indians will be able to feel proud at the world's largest statue being built in India.

"The viral image of the erroneous Tamil translation of the Statue of Unity is a mischievous attempt by someone to tarnish the event that is a grand tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel". Modi thanked the sculptors and architects who worked on the statue. In the inauguration speech, PM Modi said that the statue will be a reminder to the nation of Sardar Patel's courage to thwart conspiracies to disintegrate India.

Often hailed as a great unifier, Patel was showered with praise by a fellow son of Gujarat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At 182-metre, the statue is touted as the world's tallest - it is 177 feet higher than China's Spring Temple Buddha, now the world's tallest statue.

Patel was known as the "Iron Man of India" for integrating various states in the post-independence era as the creation of Pakistan led to a massive bloodshed between Hindus and Muslims moving between the two nations.

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.

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Modi, whose nationalist government has made the statue one of its flagship projects ahead of a national election next year, arrived in Gujarat's main city of Ahmedabad on Tuesday night.

Nevertheless, others see some long-term value in projects such as the statue, and feel they will attract global attention to India.

The construction work has taken almost four years to complete the mega project.

During the inauguration ceremony Modi said: "Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India. It will be a place to visit for those nostalgic about the freedom struggle". Officials believe that the statue will stand at 695 feet when construction is complete, according to the newspaper Indian Express.

"The "Statue of Unity" [of Patel] is a symbol of both the unity of hearts and the geographical integrity of our motherland".

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. Modi's political opponents ridiculed him for bringing expertise from China instead of utilising local resources for an iconic project. The government in the western state of Maharashtra is constructing a memorial to the Maratha warrior king Shivaji that is estimated to be 190m tall.

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