Protests expected as India prepares to unveil world's largest statue

India prepares to inaugurate the world's tallest statue

India has drawn awe from every corner of the world as it unveiled its Statue of Unity, a monumental 182 meter-high effigy which costs an eye-watering $400 million.

Air force jets and helicopters showered flower petals on the statue during the lavish ceremony, while some 5,000 police officers patrolled the area around the statue. "See our height, measure this nation's height". Also, folk dance performances from Punjab, Assam, Mizoram and Gujarat have been planned when PM Modi will dedicate the 182-metre tall statue at Kevadia Colony to the country.

The statue was reportedly built with funds allocated by the Gujarat state government, it has also received support from the federal government and individual contributions. There were many, he said, who thought a diverse country like India could never remain united after independence, but Patel proved them wrong.

PM Modi, who arrived in Gujarat last night, is scheduled to pour soil and Narmada water into a "kalash" as a sign to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

The monument, called the Statue of Unity, stands at almost 600 feet and cost a staggering $460 million to build.

"Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worked for the unity of the nation".

Patel was the newly-independent India's first interior minister, and served as deputy Prime Minister under Jawaharlal Nehru.

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This photograph taken on April 18, 2018 shows the under-construction "Statue Of Unity", a monument dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India's western Gujarat state.

The Gujarat government expects the statue to boost tourism, with one estimate putting the daily numbers at 15,000.

Online booking to visit the Statue of Unity has opened, with a 350 rupee (£3.75) admission fee for the 153-metre high observation deck.

The project is the brainchild of Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat. It will be more than 50 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, the world's current record holder, at 128 metres.

Standing tall at Sadhu Bet Island on the Narmada River in Gujarat, the Statue of Unity is created to withstand winds, vibrations and quake. The statue is made out of 22,500 million tonnes of cement.

"Patel had worked along with Gandhiji and strengthened the Congress party".

India is also working on a giant statue of 17th-century warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji, riding a horse and brandishing a sword, which should dominate the Mumbai shoreline from 2021.

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