Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the Statue of Unity, built as a tribute to freedom movement icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary today.
Built at a cost of Rs. 2,989 crore, the statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over the Narmada River.
Iron was collected from all over the country for the statue of Sardar Patel, affectionately known as the Iron Man of India.
At 182-metre from the ground and 240 metre from the Narmada river base, the statue is touted as the world’s tallest – it is 177 feet higher than China’s Spring Temple Buddha, currently the world’s tallest statue.
The statue has been designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and has been built by Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd.
It took about 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers to construct the statue in 33 months.
The statue will have a viewing gallery at the height of 193 metre from the sea level which can accommodate 200 visitors at a time.
This gallery, at 153 metre height, will offer a view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.
Meanwhile, addressing the nation from the venue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that it was an honour for him to unveil the statue of Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel.
Terming the day a historic one, Modi said that every Indian should be proud of this day.
Prime Minister Modi said that it’s because of Sardar Patels efforts that India today stands united as one country.