Today is the great day for India as it has again marked its footprints on the globe. Making a tribute to freedom icon and ‘Loh Purush’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Indian government has done something remarkable. On Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’. The grand inaugural held at Sardar Sarovar Dam, Kevadiya village, Narmada river in Gujarat. This statue is 182 metres tall, which makes it tallest in the world. Know more.
While inaugurating this statue, PM Modi said, “It is one of the greatest moments in my life today. Because of your blessings, I have been given the honour to be the one who dedicates this amazing statue to the nation.” He dedicated this statue to the nation.
Details about the Statue of Unity
The Sardar Patel statue is taller than the Statue of Liberty. This has been built at a cost of Rs. 2,989 crore. In the statue, Patel is seen in traditional dhoti and shawl. To make the statute withstand natural calamities, iron has been in the statue.
This statue is designed by Padma Shri & Padma Bhushan recipient Ram Vanji Sutar. Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd together accomplished the task of building the statue.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Popularly known as Sardar Patel, he was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. He is architect of independent India. Due to his efforts, all diverse 562 princely states of India got united to build one great Republic of India. He was the one who won over British leaders in the Satyagrah of Kheda and Bardoli. In 2014, the Government of India observed his birthday i.e. 31 October as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day).