PM Modi reaches Kevadiya to unveil Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue Of Unity

31 October, 2018, 13:55 | Author: Orlando Hughes
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PM Modi said, "The 31st of October is the birth anniversary of our beloved Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel". It will be more than 50 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, the world's current record holder, at 128 metres.

"If we are able to see a united India now, it was entirely on account of the sagacity and strategic wisdom of Patel", Modi said. "No Indian will ever forget this day", PM Modi said, paying glowing tribute to Sardar Patel. Referring to the "statue of unity", the PM said that Indians will be able to feel proud at the world's largest statue being built in India.

"This is a project that we had thought about during the time I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat", Modi added.

India's farmers have struggled to make ends meet at the same time as the country's government has built the ambitious £335 million and 597 feet high statue in Gujarat. Charges for adults is Rs 120 and for kids it is Rs 60 to visit the memorial, statue site and Sardar Sarovar Dam. "All our efforts are towards realising his dream".

Talking about the northeast India's initiatives in the field of organic farming, the PM said, "The northeast has vast natural beauty and the people here are extremely talented. Located by the banks of river Narmada, the height of this statue is twice that of America's renowned "Statue of Liberty", Prime Minister said in his Mann-Ki-Baat broadcast through All India Radio.

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The Statue of Unity is a 3.5-hour drive from the major city of Ahmedabad and a two-hour drive from the Vadodara airport.

The statue is part of Modi's poll promise which helped the BJP come to power in 2014 by defeating the Congress.

The Statue of Unity, in Gujrat, India. The raft construction of the structure actually begun on 19 December 2015, and took 33 months to complete. He had promised the project despite criticism that India couldn't afford to spend so much money on a statue.

While stressing on the need to work "unitedly" to address issues like terrorism, climate change, economic development and social justice, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that peace does not only mean "no war". "Our commitment to scale, speed and quality in engineering has yielded this desired outcome, which is not only structurally superior but also aesthetically appealing". Iron was collected from all over the country for the statue of Sardar Patel, also known as the Iron Man of India.The statue can withstand severe wind velocity and severe earthquakes.

It is hoped it will attract 15,000 visitors a day at a cost of $4.75 (€4.18), or 350 rupees, and tourists can view it from the 153-metre high observation deck which reaches the statue's chest.

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