Grand Show Marks The Inauguration Of The Sardar Patel Statue Of Unity

| October 31 , 2018 , 12:20 IST

The Statue of Unity, built as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, known as Iron Man of India, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday at Gujarat’s Kevadiya Colony in Narmada district.

Fly-past by Indian Air Force took place during the inauguration of the world’s tallest statue. Followed by the Jalabhishek with waters of 30 major rivers.

Sardar Patel’s grand nephew, Dhirubhai Patel informed that 37 members of the Patel family from US, Mumbai, Karamsad, Ahmedabad and Vallabh Vidhyanagar came to attend the extravagant ceremony.

During the event, PM Modi said," Events like today are very, very important in a country’s history and such events are difficult to erase. It is a historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians. I am fortunate to dedicate this statue of Sardar Sahab to the nation."

PM further added, this is a project that we had thought about during the time when I was the chief minister of Gujarat. To build the Statue Of Unity, lakhs of farmers from all over India came together, gave their tools, portions of soil and thus, a mass movement started."

In PM's words, "Statue of Unity is a symbol of India's integrity, India's resolve, India's determination and India's unity... It shows that India was, is and always will be eternal. It is a symbol that 'Ek Bharat is Shreshth Bharat'."

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The iconic statue is 182 metres from the road entry and 208.5 metres from the river entry. It is built at a cost of ₹2,989 crore. The statue is conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in characteristic garb in a walking pose and it rises out of a star-shaped, geometric base that covers the entire Sadhu Hill.

The Statue of Unity would be the tallest in the world and the quickest to be completed in just 33 months unlike China’s Spring Temple Buddha which took 11 years to complete, infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro claimed.