Statue of Unity
Around 6.5 months before Independence, on January 27, 1947 a popular magazine named “Time Magazine” , have published a cover story on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
In their lead story, they have shown a map of India, which doesn’t look like present map of India at all. This map showed India divided into many different parts. There were more than 550 princely states at that point of time.
Although it was the time for the Britishers to go, but they wanted to divide India into many parts. Time Magazine wrote that the dangers of partition, feminine, violence, power politics are on India. They further wrote that only Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel has the capability to unite India and make it one. It also highlighted some other aspects of his life.
Incidents like how effectively he managed the flood situation in Ahmedabad in 1920’s, the way he leaded Bardoli Satyagraha were discussed in it. He has the trusts of both Workers & Industrialists alike.
Mahatama Gandhi Ji told Sardar Patel Ji, that you are the only person who can solve this very critical problem of different states. And Sardar Patel resolved this problem and united, different states with unity.
Merger of different princely states like Junagarh, Hyderabad, Travancore, Rajasthan and many more happened because of His vision and hard work. This all happened in his statesmanship and leadership.
It’s because of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, that we see an Unified India.
On this year’s ( 2018 ) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary i.e 31st October, 2018, Statue of Unity, world’s largest statue will be inaugurated and dedicated to the nation.
Shri Narendra Modi –
Honourable Prime Minister of India
The Statue will stand high, not just in meters and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values. My vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come.
Height and Location of Statue of Unity
Statue of Unity is located on the bank of river Narmada, Gujarat and has a height, almost twice of Statue of Liberty. This is the tallest statue in the world. It’s height is 182 Meters.
STATUE OF UNITY COST AND COMPLETION DATE
₹100 crore was allocated by the Government of Gujarat in budget for 2012-13 and an amount of ₹500 crore in 2014-15. In 2014-15, further ₹2 billion were allocated in the Union Budget for the construction of the statue.
Foundation of the stone was laid by Shri Narendra Modi, the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi, (currently the Prime Minister of India) on 31st October, 2013 on 138th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
In October Mid 2018, the statue got completed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating the Statue of Unity on 31 October 2018.