'Statue of Unity' to be ready for inauguration on Oct 31: Government
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'Statue of Unity' to be ready for inauguration on Oct 31: Government

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The BJP government in Gujarat is aiming to inaugurate the 182-metre tall 'Statue of Unity', dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, on October 31, the birth anniversary of India's first home minister.

The towering monument, being erected at Sadhu Bet, 3.32 km from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river at Kevadia, about 100-km from here, will be ready for inauguration on October 31, Gujarat Chief Secretary J N Singh said.

Singh yesterday visited the project site to take stock of the ongoing work.

"I visited the site to take stock of the project and ensure its timely execution. The 'Statue of Unity' will be ready for inauguration on October 31," he told PTI.

The foundation stone of the monument, a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was laid on October 31, 2013, coinciding with the 138th birth anniversary of Patel, popularly known as the 'Iron Man of India'.

Modi, who was then Gujarat Chief Minister, laid the foundation stone of the nearly Rs 3,000-crore project, being built on a public–private partnership (PPP) basis by engineering giant L&T under the supervision of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).

The memorial is dedicated to Patel, credited with integrating 562 princely states with the Union of India.

Post completion, the 'Statue of Unity' will be the world's tallest statue, according to the project's website.

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