Towering statue of India's independence leader unveiled

Statue of Unity Stirs Controversy Right on the Inauguration Day

Statue of Unity Stirs Controversy Right on the Inauguration Day

Mr Modi had laid the foundation stone of the project on 31st October 2013 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

On Monday, rebel Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela said the Statue of Unity project was a "marketing gimmick", and asked Modi to first unite the CBI and the RBI.

It is nearly 29 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and nearly twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in NY.

The towering likeness of Patel - known as the Statue of Unity - is impressive for reasons other than its height. The statue is conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in his traditional garb in a walking pose.

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.

Sand animator Sudarsan Patnak also paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary with a sand art at Puri sea beach.

- Standing tall at 182 meters, this is the tallest Statue in the world. Surya Kiran of the Air Force will perform aerobatics in the sky over the statue, while spreading the colours of the Indian flag in the sky.

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Online booking to visit the Statue of Unity has opened with a 350 rupee ($4.75) admission fee for the 153-meter-high observation deck. Selfie Points in 5-km radius around the Statue is also constructured. The statue is made out of 22,500 million tonnes of cement.

Ram V. Sutar, a renowned sculptor from Noida, was the architect while Larsen & Toubro designed and executed the project using a team of over 3,000 workers and 250 engineers at a cost of Rs. 2,389 crore.

"Modi is our enemy", said Praful Vasava, a tribal activist leader who spearheaded protests against the statue.

Authorities hope the statue will attract 15,000 visitors a day to the remote corner of Gujarat, which is about 60 miles (100km) from the nearest big city, Vadodara.

On Wednesday, Modi called the statue "a symbol of India's integrity and resolve", BBC News reported.

Indian policemen gather next to the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya colony in Gujarat state, India, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. In the inauguration speech, PM Modi said that the statue will be a reminder to the nation of Sardar Patel's courage to thwart conspiracies to disintegrate India. The sheer size of the statue, Modi believes, will reflect India's magnanimity and strength.

- Run for Unity: PM Modi in his address urged the nation to participate in "Run for Unity" in largest possible numbers.

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