The Tallest Statue Standing At Over 150 Meters Unveiled
Indian prime minister Narenda Modi has unveiled the world’s largest statue in Gujarat, honoring a key independence leader and the country’s first deputy prime minister after the colonial rule ended in 1947.
The 182 meter high, three-tiered bronze clad statue is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. The monument cost around $400 million.
Modi spoke at the opening ceremony, he spoke of the importance of the statue, he said: “The height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this.”
It was also symbolic of India’s engineering and technology affordability, Mr Modi said of the monument, as Indian Air Force helicopters showered flowers on the memorial complex and three Jaguar fighters conducted a fly-past.
Dubbed the Statue of Unity and built over a period of 46 months, the controversial statue weighs 67,000 tonnes and has been built to withstand major earthquakes and high-velocity winds.
Local farmers have however protested against the memorial, claiming the Gujarat government had not paid them adequately for the land they forcibly acquired for it.
The memorial has long been an ambition of the prime minister. Like him, Patel was a Hindu from Gujarat, even though he belongs to the rival opposition, the Congress Party.
Patel’s statue will not be remaining the world’s largest for too long, with an even bigger one planned in Mumbai. This statue will stand at 210 meters and will be stood off the coast of Mumbai to celebrate the 17th century Hindu warrior kind Shivaji, who successfully battled Mughal rule in western India. This statue is expected to be completed and unveiled in 2020.
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