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India Unveils $430 Million World’s Tallest Statue (Photos)

unveiled the world’s tallest statue On Wednesday October 31st, in the western state of in celebration of her unity.

Towering at 182 metres, the Statue of Unity is a tribute to , a hero of ’s freedom struggle and the country’s first deputy prime minister.

Patel, a Gujarati, was known as the ‘Iron man of ’ as he went about persuading all the princely states to join the Indian union after independence from British rule in 1947.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also hails from Gujarat, dedicated Patel’s statue to the people of on the 142th birth anniversary of the statesman’s birth.

India Unveils $430 Million World’s Tallest Statue
India Unveils $430 Million

The record-breaking monument, which towers over the Narmada River, was built at a cost of 29.89 billion rupees (430 million dollars).

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Based on award-winning sculptor Ram Sutar’s creation, the statue was built by engineering firm Larsen and Toubro. The bronze statue, which depicts Patel wearing the traditional Indian attire of a dhoti and a shawl, took 33 months to build and involved 250 engineers and 3400 workers, according to the Press Information Bureau of India.

India Unveils $430 Million World’s Tallest Statue
India Unveils $430 Million

“To build this statue, [hundreds of thousands) of farmers from all over India came together to donate their tools, portions of their soil and a mass movement developed around the statue,” Modi said in his speech. The 128-metre Spring Temple Buddha in China had previously held the record for tallest statue.

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India Unveils $430 Million World’s Tallest Statue
India Unveils $430 Million

What went into making the world’s tallest statue?

  • The Statue of Unity weighs about 67,000 tonnes and has been built to withstand major earthquakes as well as heavy winds
  • Around 12,000 bronze panels were used in the exterior, weighing almost 1,850 tonnes
  • The monument and its surroundings occupy more than 20,000 sq metres, encompassed by a 12 sq km artificial lake
  • More than 2,000 workers along with several hundred labourers from China contributed to the efforts

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