Published On: Wed, Oct 31st, 2018

Modi inaugurates 177-ft Statue of Unity built by L&T, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam

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Sardar Patel brought together the princely states and this is the reason people of India does not need visa to see Charminar in Hyderabad and lions of Gir, said Indian prime minister Narendra Modi while inaugurating the Statue of Unity addressing it as an example of engineering and technical prowess of the country.

Modi inaugurates 177-ft Statue of Unity built by L&T, Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam

Adding further Modi said it was vision of Sardar Patel to have trains run from Kashmir to Kanya kumari as he vowed to unite India.

Patel was made the home minister of the country at a very crucial period in the history of India.

Modi said India is celebrating today Rashtriya Ekta Diwas while celebrating the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

Tourists will will come to see Sardar Patel’s 2,900-crore Statue of Unity would also explore the Vindhya and Satpura mountains as well as the Satpura Dam, explained Modi while addressing to the crowd.

The 177 feet tall Statue of Unity is designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar. It is built by Larsen and Toubro and Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. in 33 months with the help of about 250 engineers and 3,400 laborers.

The statue is currently world’s tallest after China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue.

The viewing gallery of Statue of Unity is capable of accommodating 200 visitors at one time. It is expected about 15,000 visitors may come to see each day.

The Statue of Unity campus also houses a museum equipped with 40,000 documents and 2,000 photographs of Patel. It has a research centre which too is dedicated on the life of the first home minister of India.

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