Statue of Unity!
On October 31, between Dussehra and Diwali, India will become a proud record holder when Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the Statue of Unity- a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Once unveiled on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, the statue would be the world’s tallest one.
The statue is being built near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in the tribal-dominated Narmada district, close to 200 kilometres from Ahmedabad.
The statue will be a tribute to Patel, who was the first Home minister of Independent India, and is hailed as the ‘Iron Man’ for his contribution to the unity and integrity of the country.
The statue will also be turned into a tourist spot with Gujarat Chief Minister promising world class facilities, a tribal museum as well as garden and boating facilities at the area.
Brief timeline- The project was first announced in 2010 when PM Modi was the Gujarat CM. Subsequently, the state government set up a special purpose vehicle for the construction of the statue. Modi, as the then CM, had laid the foundation stone in October 2013 and engineering firm L&T was awarded the contract.