'Statue of Unity' gets fin­ish­ing touches as un­veil­ing nears

The Free Press Journal - - NATION -

KEVADIYA (Guj): The 'Statue of Unity' ded­i­cated to Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Pa­tel, which is touted to be the tallest statue in the world, is be­ing given fi­nal touches as it is set to be un­veiled by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on Oc­to­ber 31. Nearly 3,400 labour­ers and 250 en­gi­neers are work­ing round-the-clock at the site of the statue at Sadhu Bet is­land on Nar­mada river. The 182me­tre tall statue will be un­veiled by the PM on birth an­niver­sary of Sar­dar Pa­tel, the first home min­is­ter of the coun­try. The statue, be­ing built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore, will be the world's tallest, stand­ing 3.2 km down­stream of the Nar­mada dam on the islet, Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Sar­dar Sarovar Nar­mada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) S S Rathod told re­porters here. "Con­struc­tion of the statue will be com­pleted be­fore its in­au­gu­ra­tion on Oc­to­ber 31," Rathod said. Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, work is go­ing on at fast pace on the in­te­ri­ors of the pro­ject, which in­cludes a mu­seum of Sar­dar Pa­tel, el­e­va­tors, and the view­ing gallery. A memo­rial gar­den be­ing de­vel­oped at the base is also be­ing given a fi­nal touch. "Cur­rently, mar­ble floor­ing is be­ing laid on the 306-me­tre walk­way that reaches the base of the statue and from there to the view­ing gallery. Be­sides that, work on es­ca­la­tors, a selfie point and a shop­ping point is also on," the of­fi­cial added. Modi had laid the foun­da­tion stone for the pro­ject on Oc­to­ber 31, 2013 when he was the chief min­is­ter of Gu­jarat.

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