New Delhi. Eight years after proposing the ambitious project, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday will unveil the Statue of Unity – the world’s tallest statue at 182 metres -built in honour of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The statue stands on Sadhu island on the Narmada in Gujarat and is said to be twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US as reported by Indian Express.
PM Modi who arrived in Gujarat last night, will pour soil and Narmada water into a ‘kalash’ to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, says a statement from his office.
He will also do a virtual “abhishek” of the statue with the help of a lever and then address the gathering. Today’s event has been planned on the scale of the Republic Day celebrations and will have flypasts by Air Force planes.
The prime minister will perform a special prayer at the feet of the Statue of Unity and visit the museum and exhibition, and the viewers’ gallery.
The gallery, at 153 metres, can accommodate up to 200 people at a time and offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.