The towering figure of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was a popular political and social leader is set to be unveiled on October 31. The 597 feet tall statue of India’s freedom hero is going to stand above the Narmada river in the state of Gujarat. A total of 1850 metric tons of bronze has been spent in making the statue.
The announcement of this ambitious project was done way back in 2010 by the current prime minister Narendra Modi who was then the current chief minister of Gujarat. This new record holder would be taking over China’s Spring Temple Buddha which has held the status of tallest statue in the world since 2002.
Located 125 miles southeast of Ahmedabad, the total cost of this project has been 430 million dollar in total and 2500 laborers have worked hard for the final completion of the project. There were Chinese migrant workers as well who were assisting with the project.
The statue is expected to become a tourist destination and the viewing gallery near the chest of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would give visitors a magnanimous view not only of the nearby lake but also of the Shool Paneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary which is a wildlife sanctuary yet to be explored by many Indians as well as locals of the state.
The Prime Minister’s project includes a museum, research and entertainment centre and a three star hotel which has been built in a nearby complex. Previously the tallest Indian statue was the Statue of Equality standing tall at 216 feet and honoring the Hindu Philosopher Ramanujan.
This global landmark might turn out as a famous tourist attraction!
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