The dream that the nation had of being independent of the oppression of the British rule gave the country many heroes that every person to ever call themselves Indian and the country in itself feels indebted to. The Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel was one of the most prominent freedom fighters without whom we wouldn’t be existing in India, the way we know it. PM Narendra Modi decided to pay homage to the extraordinary man with a 182 m statue, namely the Statue of unity.
The Statue of unity is dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first home minister of India who often is credited with the integration of all 562 princely states in pre-independent India ultimately leading to building the Republic of India. This statue was inaugurated by the prime minister himself on 31st October which also marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. “It is one of the greatest moments in my life today. Because of your blessings, I have been given the honour to be the one who dedicates this amazing statue to the nation,” said PM Modi in a speech today.
Points to note
The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world. It is 23 metres taller than the Spring Temple Buddha statue of China and almost twice as tall as the statue of liberty.
1. This statue can withstand an earthquake of 6.5 magnitude on Richter’s scale and a wind velocity of up to 60 metres per second.
2. This statue was built by an army of around 3000 workers in a total time of three and a half years.
3. This Statue is built by Padma Bhushan recipient sculptor Ram V Sutar.
4. The statue of Unity has a viewing gallery which can accommodate 200 visitors at a time. This gallery offers a view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.