A GI­ANT OF A MAN

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The world’s tallest statue is due to be un­veiled to­day af­ter nearly five years of con­struc­tion. The Statue of Unity is 182 me­tres tall – twice that of the Statue of Lib­erty and 30 me­tres taller than the cur­rent record holder, the Spring Tem­ple Bud­dha in China.

Statue of Unity is a like­ness of In­dia’s first home min­is­ter, Sar­dar Val­lab­hb­hai Patel, and is to be un­veiled by Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi on what would have been Patel’s birthday. Cre­ated by sculp­tor Ram Vanji Su­tar, the statue is on Sadhu Is­land, near Sar­dar Sarovar Dam in Gu­jarat state. It was erected at a re­ported – and con­tro­ver­sial – cost of Dh1.5 bil­lion. This week, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties warned Mr Modi to stay away from the in­au­gu­ra­tion, claim­ing the statue had de­stroyed the area’s nat­u­ral re­sources.

The statue has taken five years to build

Sar­dar Sarovar Dam

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