Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on October 31, 2018. The Statue of Unity is being built at the cost of about Rs 2400 crore.
Named as the 'Statue of Unity', the statue is currently under construction on Sadhubet island at Sardar Sarovar Dam near Kevadia Colony in Bharuch district, Gujarat. The statue will highlight the works of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, popularly known as the 'Iron man of India'.
The foundation stone of the Statue of Unity was laid down by then Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on October 31, 2014 on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 139th birth anniversary. The construction work of the project was awarded to leading engineering company, Larsen and Toubro.
About 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 will be 182m tall, that is double the size of New York's Statue of Liberty (93 metres).
• The project will include an exhibition hall and audio-visual presentation on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
• The main structure will be 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 is being used for this project.
The statue is aimed at reminding every individual of India's freedom struggle and will highlight Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's visionary ideologies of unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance. It will be a symbol of the country’s unity and integrity; and would inspire the future generations of India for years.
The project has been described as one of the biggest human endeavours for water transport. The water of the Narmada river has already been transported to the water-deficient areas of Gujarat through an elaborated canal and pipeline network.
Irrigation from the project is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers.
About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
• Born on October 31, 1875, Sardar Patel was a lawyer by profession.
• He was one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India and the architect of modern political India.
• Popularly known as the Iron Man, Patel was addressed as 'Sardar', which means Chief or leader.
• In 1946, during Congress elections thirteen out of sixteen states chose Sardar Patel as their president, who was the more popular candidate for the first Prime Minister of independent India than Jawaharlal Nehru. However, upon Mahatma Gandhi’s behest he stepped down as a candidate and endorsed Jawaharlal Nehru instead.
• Eventually, Sardar Patel became the first deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India in 1947.
• He is acknowledged for the political integration of over 500 princely states into the independent Indian Union. He united 565 princely states to be part of India.
• In 1991, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel awarded the Bharat Ratna posthumously.
• The ‘National Unity Day’ or Rashtriya Ekta Diwas commemorates Sardar Patel every year on 31 October.
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