India unveils the tallest statue in the world

31 October, 2018, 13:59 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

It is nearly 29 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and nearly twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in NY. "Is remembering country's great personalities a crime?" he asked.

Some political commentators have criticised Modi for his expenditure on the statue complex at a time when the adivasi indigenous people who farm the land acquired for it are in economic straits and have protested against it.

Indian policemen gather next to the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya colony in Gujarat state, India, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

India's prime minister on Wednesday unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country's first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947.

He is to pay tribute at the foot of the statue of Sardar Patel, who has become a hero for nationalists.

Patel was known as the "Iron Man of India" for integrating various states in the post-independence era. The ticket includes entry to the Statue, Valley of Flowers (the garden area), the memorial, museum, an audio-visual gallery and the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The Prime Minister will press a lever to commence a Virtual Abhishek of the statue.


They claimed the Tamil translation of "Statue of Unity" was just "gibberish'".

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 the government statement. He had promised the project despite criticism that India couldn't afford it.

The Prime Minister began the Mann ki Baat address with tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. "Our commitment to scale, speed and quality in engineering has yielded this desired outcome, which is not only structurally superior but also aesthetically appealing". The state government allocated funds for the project, estimated to cost over $410 million, although monetary support was also provided by the federal government and public donations were requested by the committee overseeing the construction.

- Developed on the banks of River Narmada on Sadhu Bet - 3.2 km downstream of Sardar Sarovar Dam, visitors can have a view of 200 km of the Dam and the Satpura and Vindhya Mountain ranges from a viewing platform at the level of the statue's chest.

BJP chief Amit Shah, Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel were also present on the occasion.

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