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India's Statue of Unity visible from space: Commercial satellite network 'Planet'

Commercial satellite network 'Planet' on November 17, 2018 revealed that India's Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue, is visible from the space. The network Planet photographed the statue from the space on November 15.

The memorial was inaugurated on October 31, 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kevadia in Gujarat's Narmada district to honour India’s first Deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary.

At 182 metres, the bronze sculpture is nearly twice the height of US' Statue of Liberty (93 metres).

Statue of Unity

• The Statue of Unity is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This project was announced on October 31, 2013 by Narendra Modi, when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

• For development of the project, Modi launched a country wide campaign to collect iron to build the Statue of Unity and iron was collected from around seven lakh villages across the nation.

• The statue is 182m tall that is double the size of New York's Statue of Liberty (93 metres) and surpasses the height of Spring Temple Buddha in China (153 metres).

• The project includes an exhibition hall and audio-visual presentation on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

• The main structure was completed at an expense of Rs 1345 crore, a part of Rs 2979 crore total amount allocated for the project.

• Out of the remaining cost, Rs 235 crore is being spent on the construction of exhibition hall and convention centre; Rs 83 crore is being spent on the bridge connecting the memorial to the main land; and Rs 657 crore rupees will be spent to maintain the structure for next 15 years. 

• Around 75000 cubic meters of concrete, 5700 metric tonne of steel structure, 18500 steel rods and 22500 metric tonne of bronze was used for this project.

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