October 31, 2018 12:01 IST

Statue of Unity: PM Narendra Modi unveils world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

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Statue of Unity: PM Narendra Modi unveils world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 182-metre high 'Statue of Unity' in honour of country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and dedicated it to the nation. Built on Sadhu Bet Island on Narmada river, the imposing statue is touted to be the world's tallest. The Rs 2,389 crore monument is a tribute to Patel who played a major role in integrating the princely states into the Indian Union after the partition of 1947. Credit: Twitter/BJP4India
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Statue of Unity: PM Narendra Modi unveils world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Three Indian Air Force planes flew past the Patel figure and created the tricolour in the sky after Modi inaugurated the giant. The Gujarat government expects the statue to boost tourism, with one estimate putting the daily numbers at 15,000. Modi was accompanied by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Credit: Twitter/BJP4India
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Statue of Unity: PM Narendra Modi unveils world's tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel As per a government statement, the statue has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure. Credit: Twitter/BJP4India