India inaugurated the world’s tallest statue, cost of more than $400 million, with 182-metre steel and bronze, sits on a base 58 metres high in Kevadiya, a village in Gujarat state. Hundreds of Chinese have been among the 3,500 workers involved in its construction. Indian authorities hope the statue will attract 15,000 visitors a day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an independence hero, during ceremony including fireworks, folk dances and floral tributes, deploying tight security amid an outcry by local groups describing the completion of his pet project as “a day that will be remembered in the history of India”
Modi hailed Sardar Patel’s “strategic thinking” in bringing together the disparate country after independence in 1947 and described the Statue of Unity as “a symbol of our engineering and technical prowess”. Sardar Patel was a deputy prime minister in India’s first post-independence government. He became known as “the Iron Man” by convincing feuding states — sometimes with a threat of force — to join the new united country.
India is also working on a giant statue of 17th-century warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, riding a horse and brandishing a sword, which should dominate the Mumbai shoreline from 2021. The current design would make it 212 metres high.
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17 November, 2019