New Delhi: An engineering marvel completed in a record time of 33 months, the world’s tallest statue—Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue or the Statue of Unity—was inaugurated on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary today on 31 October. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had laid the foundation stone for the project on 31 October 2013, was also the one to inaugurate it today.
Double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Sardar Patel statue near the Narmada Dam in Gujarat is not only the tallest in the world but also the one to be completed in the shortest time. The 182-metre Statue of Unity took 33 months to complete while China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue took 11 years.
PM Modi also did a virtual “abhishek” of the statue with the help of a lever. Also present at the venue are BJP chief Amit Shah, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitinbhai Patel. The guests were also presented with mementos that were made of the same metal that was used to clad the statue. Just like Patel’s idol, the mementos will not age for the next 100 years.
The prime minister also performed a special prayer at the feet of the Statue of Unity and visited the museum and exhibition, and the viewers’ gallery. The gallery, at 153 metres, can accommodate up to 200 people at a time and offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.