India’s 597-Foot Statue of Unity Becomes the World’s Tallest Statue

01 November, 2018, 06:18 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue that pays a tribute to the legendary freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, in Gujarat.

Posters of Modi with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani were torn down or had their faces blackened at the weekend. Further, he also sowed the seed for the All India Service which houses the Civil Service comprising Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS). Its height is 182-metre and is 177 feet higher than China's Spring Temple Buddha.

At 182 meters (587 feet), the statue is more than twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York City.

Air force jets flew over the giant figure and clouds of rose petals were dropped from helicopters onto its head as Modi bent in front of the statue on the ground.

Online booking to visit the Statue of Unity has opened with a 350 rupee admission fee for the 153m-high observation deck. The Indian Railways, to support this venture, is running a special train today called the "Unity Express" that will run from Rajkot to the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, within the state of Gujarat.


Depicting the bald Patel in traditional attire, with a shawl over the shoulders, the statue used 210,000 cubic metres of cement, 25,000 tonnes of steel and 1,700 tonnes of bronze.

The accusations are a distortion of history, says Congress, which ruled India for much of its independence history and is now led by Rahul Gandhi, the great-grandson of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

Addressing a function at the district Congress committee office here, the Congress leader said there was no such enormous statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the country.

Along with a visitor's centre, the Statue of Unity will have a viewing gallery at more than 152 metres, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time, offering expansive views of the surrounding area.

Locals in the Narmada district of Gujarat state, where the statue is located, threatened to protest the statue's unveiling. It is made up of almost 100,000 tonnes of concrete and steel.

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