Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Statue of Unity in Surat, Gujarat today at around 11:30 am.
The Statue of Unity is built in dedication to Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who served as the first home minister of independent India.
Sardar Patel is credited with uniting all 562 princely states in pre-independent India to build the Republic of India — hence the name of the statue.
The date for the inauguration of the statue (October 31, 2018) also marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday dedicated to the nation a 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel,
believed to be the tallest in the world, and it will be a reminder about the courage of a man who thwarted efforts to disintegrate India.
Gujarat Governor O P Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and BJP chief Amit Shah were present at the unveiling of the ‘Statue of Unity’.
The ceremony coincided with Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary.
Had Sardar Patel not united the country, we would need visas to see lions or pay homage at Somnath or view the Charminar in Hyderabad,
He added that the statue will remind those who question India’s existence that this nation was, is and will remain eternal.
He described the Statue of Unity as a symbol of the country’s engineering and technical capabilities.
The imposing monument is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet,
near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district.
It has been 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.
A viewing gallery has been created at a height of 135 metres inside the statue to enable tourists to have a view of the dam and nearby mountain ranges.
if Patel had not united the country, the countrymen would have needed visas to see lions in Junagadh or
pay homage at” Somnath in Gujarat” or
view the” Charminar in Hyderabad”.
Remembering Sardar Patel’s contribution, Modi sthe great leader had “successfully foiled a conspiracy to divide India in to pieces”.
The Prime Minister said that Patel had a mix of diplomatic skills of Kautilya, a statesman and philosopher, and
the valour of warrior King Shivaji in him.
Modi described the ‘Statue of Unity’ as a symbol of the country’s engineering and technical capabilities.
Modi said his government is treading the path shown by Sardar Patel.
Sardar Patel united the country geographically by merging erstwhile princely states,
we have united the country economically by bringing in GST,” the PM said.