Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi will unveil first deputy prime minister of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ on October 31, the birth anniversary of the foremr home minister. The Gujarat government decribes this statue as world’s tallest one.
According to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani the statue with a height of 182 metres will be a symbol of the country’s unity and integrity. The BJP had collected iron, soil and water from across the country to use them to build the statue in the state, a decision announced by Modi in 2013 when he was its chief minister.
Referring to recent uproar over the arrest of few activists for allegedly collaborating with Maoists, Rupani said the statue will highlight Patel’s works for the country’s unity at a time when a few people are working to break it. When Modi had made an announcement that his government would build the world’s tallest statue to commemorate Patel, opposition parties had termed it as “empty talk” but it has now been raised with world-class facilities, he said.
Last month, along with deputy chief minister Nitin Patel, Rupani had inspected the progress of the project on Sadhu Bet. Engineering giant Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) has got the tender of design, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the statue at a cost of around Rs 2,980 crore.