New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday will dedicate the Statue of Unity, a 182 Metre statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister.
The gigantic statue of Sardar Patel is built on the islet, Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district. The monument is the biggest statue in the world double the height of USA’s Statue of Liberty.
According to an official statement, the PM Modi will pour soil and Narmada water into a Kalash to mark the dedication of the “Statue of Unity” to the nation. Later PM Modi will also inaugurate the Wall of Unity, and inaugurate it. He will also be visiting the Museum and Exhibition, and the Viewers’ Gallery located at 153 metres height.
Earlier in his 49th edition of the Monthly Radio Programme ‘Mann ki Baat’ PM Modi ”Sardar Patel’s Jayanti this year will be even more special as on this day, we’ll pay him true homage by dedicating ‘Statue of Unity’ to the nation.
The Statue of Unity is stated to being built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 metric tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure.
The announcement of the construction of the Statue was done by PM Modi during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. In a three-months-long nationwide campaign to collect iron pieces from 600,000 villages to build the statue over 5,000 tonnes of iron were collected for the construction of the statue.
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