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'Statue of Unity' to be inaugurated on Sardar Patel's birthday Oct 31

The foundation stone of the monument, a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was laid on October 31, 2013, coinciding with the 138th birth anniversary of Patel

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

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Statue of Unity | Photo: Official website


The BJP government in is aiming to inaugurate the 182-metre tall 'Statue of Unity', dedicated to Sardar Patel, on October 31, the birth anniversary of India's

The towering monument, being erected at Sadhu Bet, 3.32 km from the on the at Kevadia, about 100-km from here, will be ready for inauguration on October 31, J N Singh said.

Singh yesterday visited the to take stock of the ongoing work.

"I visited the site to take stock of the project and ensure its timely execution. The 'Statue of Unity' will be ready for inauguration on October 31," he said.

The foundation stone of the monument, a dream project of Narendra Modi, was laid on October 31, 2013, coinciding with the 138th birth anniversary of Patel, popularly known as the 'Iron Man of India'.

Modi, who was then Chief Minister, laid the foundation stone of the nearly Rs 3,000-crore project, being built on a public-private partnership (PPP) basis by engineering giant under the supervision of the (SSNNL).

The memorial is dedicated to Patel, credited with integrating 562 princely states with the Union of

Post completion, the 'Statue of Unity' will be the world's tallest statue, according to the project's website.

The 'Statue of Unity' will provide visitors with a meaningful experience that both educates and entertains, by focusing on Patel's personage, life, and accomplishments.

Additionally, a viewing gallery at around 500-feet will provide visitors a spectacular view of the and its environs, the website said.

The statue is going to be a "matchless" memorial across the world, Singh said.

"This place will emerge as a world-class tourist destination," said the

The project will also house an audio-visual gallery, a light and sound show on the life of Patel and a virtual tour of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, among other things.

The venture also includes setting up a tribal museum, Singh said.

First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 16:34 IST
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