Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

India Inaugurates World's Tallest Statue

India Inaugurates World's Tallest Statue

Students sit in formation to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, ahead of the unveiling of the Statue of Unity portraying Patel.

Indian officials were concerned that community groups could stage protests to demand compensation for land taken to erect the Statue of Unity.

India has just unveiled the world's tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, standing 597 feet, which makes it nearly twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 181m tall statue of India's late independence leader Sardar Vallabbhai Patel on the bank of the Narmada river in Kevadia, in the western state of Gujarat, MailOnline Travel reports.

The Statue of Unity has been built as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was key to unitiing the princely states after the India-Pakistan partition in 1947.

Built on an islet called Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district, the Statue of Unity has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement. The Prime Minister also visited the museum on the life of Sardar Patel at the base of the statue and also went to the viewers' gallery in the statue which has been created at the height of 152 metre.

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"BJP and RSS leaders used to attack my government over the construction of Dalit memorials and statues, including of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, in Lucknow and Noida".

"On Sardar Patel's birthday, we hope the country remains united", the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief said.

At 182 metres, the statue will measure twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and nine times that of the Angel of the North. Later Modi unveiled the Wall of Unity in the backdrop of fly past of Jaguar aircrafts and showering rose petals on Statue of Unity by Mi-17 choppers of Indian Air Force.

The exterior of statue is coated with 1,850 tonne of bronze.

Addressing a function at the district Congress committee office here, the Congress leader said there was no such big statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.

India is also working on a giant statue of 17th-century warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, riding a horse and brandishing a sword, which should dominate the Mumbai shoreline from 2021.

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