Gujarat: Statue of Unity has been inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.
The statue is built as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary as he was an icon of freedom movement.
During the grand inauguration event in Gujarat, flowers were showered by the Air Force planes on the statue.
The estimated cost to build the Statue of Unity is Rs. 2,989 crore.
The statue represents India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel wearing a shawl and traditional dhoti, standing over the Narmada River.
As Sardar Patel was known as the Iron Man of India, iron from all over the nation was collected to build the statue.
The statue 182-metre tall is touted as the world’s tallest statue as compared to the Spring Temple Buddha of China, which is 128-metre tall.
Ram V Sutar, who is a Padma Bhushan winning sculptor, has designed this statue.
And it is build by the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. and Larsen and Toubro.
It took 33 months to construct the statue with 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers working on the statue.
At the height of 193-metres from the sea level, the statue will have a gallery which could accommodate 200 visitors at single time.
From the gallery, visitors can view the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges and Sardar Sarovar Dam and its reservoir.