Modi un­veils ‘Statue of Unity’

Asian Journal - - ASIA -

Ke­va­dia: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Wed­nes­day un­veiled the 182-me­tre high ‘Statue of Unity’ in hon­our of coun­try’s first Home Min­is­ter Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel, and ded­i­cated it to the na­tion. Built on Sadhu Bet Is­land on Nar­mada river, the im­pos­ing statue is touted to be the world’s tallest.

The Rs 2,389 crore mon­u­ment is a trib­ute to Pa­tel who played a ma­jor role in in­te­grat­ing the princely states into the In­dian Union af­ter the par­ti­tion of 1947.

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

Three In­dian Air Force planes flew past the Pa­tel fig­ure and cre­ated the tri­colour in the sky af­ter Modi in­au­gu­rated the gi­ant.

The Gu­jarat gov­ern­ment ex­pects the statue to boost tourism, with one es­ti­mate putting the daily num­bers at 15,000. Apart from the Pa­tel bronze fig­ure, other ma­jor at­trac­tions in­clude in­au­gu­ra­tion of a 17-km-long Valley of flow­ers, a Tent City for tourists near the statue and a mu­seum ded­i­cated to the life and times of Pa­tel.

The Tent City, lo­cated around four km from the Statue of Unity can house more than 500 tourists in one go. A view­ing gallery at a height of 153 me­tres has been cre­ated in­side the statue to en­able tourists to have a view of 1,210 me­tre long con­crete Sar­dar Sarovar Dam, 3.2 km up­stream as well as the nearby Sat­pura and Vind­hya moun­tain ranges.

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