Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity is an under planning 182 meters (597 ft) monument of Vallabhbhai Patel that will be created directly facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km away on the river island called Sadhu Bet of Narmada River, near Bharuch in the Gujarat state of India. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Home Minister of India. He was known as the “Iron Man of India” because of his ability to take strict decisions.
As part of the project, a bridge connecting the statue on Sadhu Island to the bank, a memorial, visitor centre buildings, a memorial garden, a hotel, a convention centre, an amusement park, research centres and institutes will also be constructed. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), a special purpose vehicle was established by the Gujarat government for construction of the statue.
To make this project truly about unity, iron used in the construction of the statue will be voluntarily donated by from the people of India mainly farmers.
Prime Minister of India and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the statue on 31 October 2013, the 138th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He along with L. K. Advani announced to the public that after completion of the project,
It will be the tallest statue in the world. The construction started on January 26, 2014. Joe Menna, an American digital sculptor, will design the statue.
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