Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

PM Modi reaches Kevadiya to unveil Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue Of Unity

Work in full swing at the site of the Statue of Unity in Kevadia colony on Thursday for the unveiling ceremony Work in full swing at the site of the Statue of Unity in Kevadia colony on Thursday for the unveiling ceremony
| 31 October, 2018, 13:11

He will also inaugurate the "Wall of Unity" (a monument defining India's unity) near the statue.

"Patel wanted India to be a forceful, strong, sensitive, vigilant and accommodative nation, and we're working toward that", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at Wednesday's ceremony.

In the 49th episode of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the nation to participate in large numbers in the "Run For Unity" on October 31 to celebrate his birth anniversary.

"I am amazed when some people of our own country dare to see this initiative from a political view and criticise us as if we have committed a huge crime".

Modi, who ordered the statue built on the Narmada river when he was Gujarat chief minister, said past year there had been efforts to "belittle" or "remove from history" the contributions of Patel, who helped unite India's 562 princely states as the first home, or interior, minister.

The estimated cost was Rs 2,989 crore to build the world's tallest statue.


Modi said Patel was a beacon of hope for India in the time of crisis and he will be a source of inspiration for ages to come. As many as 3,400 workers and 250 engineers worked round-the-clock for 42 months to make the dream project of PM Modi a reality.

"In Modi's worldview this statue is a crucial part of the signaling of the rise of India and the presenting before the world that rise in visual terms", Hindol Sengupta, who wrote a biography about Patel, told the Washington Post. "His dream is coming true", said Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

The BJP strongly believes that Sardar Patel was responsible for uniting India and making what it is today.

At 597 feet, it is reportedly the tallest statue in the world, and almost twice the size of New York's Statue of Liberty.

The committee overseeing the construction of the project reportedly also asked for public donations to finish the statue and called on farmers across the country to donate iron. Following this, he will also perform a special prayer at the feet of the newly constructed Statue and visit the museum and exhibition. This gallery, at 153 metres height, can accommodate upto 200 visitors at one time.

The statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Home Minister, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over river Narmada.

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