Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the giant state of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, “The Statue of Unity” on 31 October, 2018 in the Kevadiya village of Gujarat.
The statue of Unity is 182 metres, the tallest statue of the world. The construction of the statue was begun on 31 October, 2014 and inaugurated on the same day after four years. Infact, Narendra Modi laid the foundation stop in 2013 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Sardar Patel was a leader who is famously known as “Iron Man of India” and played an important role in the freedom struggle of India. He was committed to the welfare of farmers, and was responsible to the merging of 550 princely states into the union of India.
Patel is also known as the “Architect of independent India” as his efforts helped in building united India.
On the 143th birth anniversary of Patel, the prime Minister inaugurated the statue in the presence of leaders including Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP Chief Amit Shah and Governer O.P Kohli. Vallabhbhai Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.
Characteristics of “Statue of Unity”
The total height of the statue is 182 meters which makes it the tallest of all the statues in the world so far. The height of the base on which the statue is standing is “58 metres”, thereby, making the total height including base to be equal to “240 metres”. The Statue of Unity is built facing the Narmada Dam at a distance of 3.2 kilometres on the river island called “Sadhu Bet”.
The material used in the construction of the statue are bronze, RCC(reinforced cement concrete) and steel framing. Patel is shown wearing his famous characteristic dress in a walking stance in the statue.
Vallabhbhai patel was born on 31 October 1875 and died on 15 December 1950
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