New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on Monday issued Rs 2,989-crore work order to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) to construct the world's tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, near Narmada Dam in central Gujarat.
Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel who presided over the function of handing over the work order said the project would help bring in investment of Rs 6,000 crore in the tribal-dominated region for its extensive development.
The Statue of Unity project – the dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi – envisages the construction of 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel at Sadhu Island, 3.3 km away from the Narmada Dam, in Narmada district. The 'Statue of Unity', which would be double the size of New York's 'Statue of Liberty' (93 metres), would inspire future generations, Patel said.
Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) has been working on the project's implementation. It had floated a global tender to construct and maintain the statue. The tender has eventually been granted to L&T which is expected to complete it by 2018.