PM Modi pays homage to Sardar Patel on 143rd birth anniversary

India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

PM Modi also said the 31st of October of this year will be special as we shall dedicate the statue of the unity of the nation as a true tribute to Sardar Patel.

Two high speed elevators inside can take tourists up to the statue's chest from where around 200 visitors can view the Narmada River and Sardar Sarovar Dam over it.

The Prime Minister said Sardar Patel, a veteran administrator, had also popularised the idea of cooperative housing societies.

Patel was known as the "Iron Man of India" for integrating various states in the post-independence era. And it has surpassed the height of the Spring Temple Buddha in China which, at 128m, was previously the tallest in the world. With the Statue of Unity, you (tribals and farmers) have enshrined your names in history too: PM Modi.

India has unveiled the world's tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees (£330m; $430m) to build.

The statue has been sculpted by the famous Indian father-son duo of Ram and Anil Sutar, noted for their depictions of various Indian politicians.

The Gujarat government-led celebrations gripped the State under Ekta Yatra, which spread awareness about Sardar Patel, the statue and the event being held at Kevadia on Wednesday.

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The Statue of Unity is part of a memorial to the Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who died in 1950.

India on Wednesday inaugurated the world's tallest statue, a $400-million effigy of independence hero Vallabhbhai Patel that towers almost twice the height of New York's Statue of Liberty.

The Prime Minister will reach Ahmedabad today evening and stay overnight at Raj Bhavan.

Local legislator and community group leader Chotu Vasava said: "Tribal groups have been exploited by different governments, the ruling BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is repeating it again".

The statue was reportedly built with funds allocated by the Gujarat state government, it has also received support from the federal government and individual contributions. The Statue of Unity, which is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty, has been built in a remote corner of Gujarat as a flagship project of Modi, who is to open it tomorrow.

Apart from the gallery, a museum is dedicated to Sardar Patel, at the base of the structure which will have 40,000 documents, 2,000 pictures and a research centre.

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