New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the world’s tallest Statue, the “Statue of Unity”, to the nation, at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat today. The 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, was dedicated to the nation on his 143rd birth anniversary.
This structure is twice the height of the famous 93 metres tall Statue of Liberty in United States of America.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue of Unity: Highlights
12:06 pm: PM Modi performs ‘Rashtrarpan Hetu Puja’.
11:48 am: Kevadiya: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Wall of Unity on 143rd anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
— BJP (@BJP4India) October 31, 2018
11:29 am: The Statue of Unity will be a key point in building a stronger economy and creating employment: PM
11:27 am: “The statue is an answer to all those who question the existence and integrity of India. The height of the statue is to remind the youth that the future of the country will be as huge as this. It is also symbolic of our engineering and technology affordability. Every day, the artisans have worked on the project round-the-clock. Just like the millions of others, even I aspired that the man who did so much for India should get the respect that he deserves,” the PM said.
11:26 am: Reiterating Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s idea of a united India, PM Modi said that Indians must shun the idea of caste and class identity and consider themselves Indians first.
11:20 am: I am amazed when some people of our own country dare to see this initiative from a political view & criticise us like we have committed a huge crime. Is remembering country’s great personalities a crime?: PM
11:19 am: The memorial for Sardar Patel is a tribute from the citizens towards the leader: PM
11:10 am: This statue will keep reminding the people of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s grit and determination: PM
11:06 am: if it was not for Sardar Sahab’s resolve, then we Indians would have to take visa to see the Gir lions, pray at Somnath, or to see Hyderabad’s Charminar: PM
11:04 am: India stands united because of Sardar Patel’s contribution: PM
11: 00 am: When I thought of this, I was Gujarat CM, I didn’t know that one day as PM, I will get the opportunity to unveil the statue. I consider myself fortunate: PM
11: 00 am: In order to build the Statue Of Unity, lakhs of farmers from all over India came together, gave their tools, portions of the soil and thus, a mass movement developed: PM
10: 50 am: This is a project that we had thought about during the time I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat: PM
10:50 am: I feel lucky that I got to dedicate Sardar Patel’s statue to the nation: PM
10:48 am: We are all delighted to be here, on the banks of the Narmada. Today we mark Ekta Diwas. Several people across India are taking part in the ‘Run for Unity’: PM
10:46 am: Events like today are very very important in a country’s history and such events are difficult to erase. It is a historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians. I am fortunate to dedicate this statue of Sardar Sahab to the nation: PM Modi
10:40 am: The whole nation is celebrating National Unity Day on birth anniversary of Sardar Patel: PM
10:35 am: PM Modi addresses the nation after unveiling
10:30 am: PM Modi inaugurates the World’s Tallest Sky-scraping Statue – in Narmada, Gujarat.
10:25 am: Vijay Rupani welcomes the dignitaries. Says, today is a historic day and speaks of PM Modi’s dream come true.
Gujarat CM is now addressing the gathering
10:20 am: Pics from the inauguration ceremony of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
10:15 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the inauguration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel statue.
09:45 am: PM Modi visited Tent City in Kevadia, Gujarat.
09:29 am: Statue of unity to be inaugurated by the Prime Minister shortly.
09:11 am: PM Modi visits Valley of Flowers in Kevadia, Gujarat.
09:03 am: PM shared glimpses of the ‘Statue of Unity’ that will be dedicated to the nation shortly
09:02 am: Celebrations underway near Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue of Unity in Gujarat’s Kevadiya.
#WATCH: Celebrations underway near Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s #StatueOfUnity in Gujarat’s Kevadiya that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. #RashtriyaEktaDiwas pic.twitter.com/ioafhMipKd
— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2018
08:33 am: Preparation ahead of the inauguration
08:26 am: Kevadiya ahead of the inauguration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue Of Unity
07:57 am: The word ‘ Sardar Patel ‘ connotes ‘unified India’ having Social & National Integration. Tributes on his Birth Anniversary: Vijay Rupani
07:19 am: We bow to the great Sardar Patel, the stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, on his Jayanti: PM Modi
Laser light show at #StatueOfUnity of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that will be inaugurated on his 143rd birth anniversary tomorrow. #Gujarat pic.twitter.com/3g5VKF0VJo
— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2018
About Statue of Unity
- It is the world’s tallest statue
- Its height is 182 metres (597 ft)
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was established by the Government of Gujarat for its construction
- Initially the total cost of the project was estimated to be about ₹3,001 crore (US$420 million) by the GoI
- In October 2014, Larsen and Toubro won the contract for its lowest bid of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million)
- The construction was started on 31 October 2013
- It is located facing the Narmada Dam
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