Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, on Wednesday, was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Kevadiya in Narmada district of Gujarat. The 182 metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was unveiled on his 143rd birth anniversary.
At the launch ceremony, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries poured soil and Narmada water into a Kalash to mark the dedication of the “Statue of Unity” to the nation. The Prime Minister pressed a lever to commence a “Virtual Abhishek” of the statue. On the occasion, the Prime Minister also addressed a gathering. PM Modi reached Gujarat on Tuesday night.
Statue of Unity inauguration LATEST UPDATES:
13:42 am: Ironic that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being smashed. The systematic destruction of India's institutions is nothing short of treason: PM Modi
11:43 am: Sardar Patel was a patriot, who fought for a independent, united & secular India. A man with a steely will, tempered by compassion, he was a Congressman to the core, who had no tolerance for bigotry or communalism. On his birth anniversary, I salute this great son of India: Rahul Gandhi
11:30 am: Sardar Patel's statue will remind world about courage of man who thwarted attempts to disintegrate India: PM Modi
11:30 am: Patel led the path for India, walking on which we are talking with the world on our own terms now: PM Modi
11:24 am: This day is historic. India's present has recalled golden moment from India's past: PM Modi
11:18 am: Patel had said infighting was the reason for India's subordination by foreign powers; never again will India make the same mistake and never will India again be enslaved: PM Modi
10:58 am: In order to build the Statue Of Unity, lakhs of farmers from all over India came together, gave their tools, portions of the soil and thus, a mass movement developed: PM Modi
10:53 am: This is a project that we had thought about during the time I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat: PM Modi
10:51 am: Today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India. No Indian will ever forget this day: PM Modi
10:49 am: We are all delighted to be here, on the banks of the Narmada. Today we mark Ekta Diwas. Several people across India are taking part in the 'Run for Unity': PM Modi
10:45 am: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worked for the unity of the nation: PM Modi
10:30 am: PM Modi dedicates world's tallest statue to nation
10:13 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives for inauguration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's 'Statue Of Unity'
08:50 am: PM to dedicate Statue of Unity to the nation shortly
08:49 am: PM Modi inaugurates Valley of Flowers
08:47 am: Post our freedom movement, Sardar Patel worked hard to get more than 550 princely states together to make India one. It's only right that we remember him today: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
Odisha: L Eswar Rao, a miniature artist from Bhubaneswar's Jatni, made a miniature model of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's #StatueOfUnity; said it took him three days to make it. #RashtriyaEktaDiwas pic.twitter.com/l7wI90QAPb— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2018
08:32 am: PM Modi reaches Kevadiya
08:30 am: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's statue which is the tallest in the world should have been made years ago. India has today paid tribute to a man who built India: Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore
08:27 am: I participated in Run For Unity last year as well. It's a day of extreme significance & I will try my best to witness it (inauguration of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue Of Unity): Gymnast Dipa Karmakar at "Run for Unity" in Delhi
07:57 am: The word ' Sardar Patel ' connotes 'unified India' having Social & National Integration. Tributes on his Birth Anniversary: Vijay Rupani
07:19 am: We bow to the great Sardar Patel, the stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, on his Jayanti: PM Modi
06:35 am: PM Narendra Modi to Statue of Unity to the nation today
He arrived at the Wall of Unity and inaugurated it. At the feet of the Statue of Unity, the Prime Minister performed a special prayer. He also visited the Museum and Exhibition and the Viewers’ Gallery. This gallery, at 153 metres height, can accommodate up to 200 visitors at one time. It offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.
The ceremony also witnessed flypast of Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft and performances of cultural troupes.
"Tomorrow is a historical day as the tallest statue in the world,statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who united India,will be dedicated to the nation. It was dream of PM Narendra Modi since the time he was Gujarat CM. His dream is coming true," said Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on Tuesday.
WATCH VIDEO: PM Modi dedicates 'Statue of Unity' to the nation
About Statue of Unity:
- It is the world's tallest statue
- Its height is 182 metres (597 ft)
- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was established by the Government of Gujarat for its construction
- Initially the total cost of the project was estimated to be about ₹3,001 crore (US$420 million) by the GoI
- In October 2014, Larsen and Toubro won the contract for its lowest bid of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million)
- The construction was started on 31 October 2013
- It is located facing the Narmada Dam