On 31st October 2018, the Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi will inaugurate the world’s tallest ‘Statue of Unity' which is built in the loving memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the 'Iron Man' of India. It is claimed that it is an engineering marvel reflecting technological, artistic and aesthetical values. The Statue is two times taller than the Statue of Liberty of America.
31st October is the birth day of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
In 2014, Mr. Modi promised to the people of India about its completion within four years and it is an exemplary example of the project completion in a stipulated time period. The cost of this project is about Rs 2,990 crores (more than US$400 million). The Statue of Unity is built on the bank of Narmada river in Gujarat state and it has a height of 182 metres.
The surrounding areas of the Statue of Unity being developed looks like an excellent tourism spot with all the ultra-modern facilities for the future tourists. This place is going to be turned into one of the best tourist attractions of the world. It will boost further tourism in Gujarat and it is expected to bring an increased income from tourism for the government.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was known as the 'Iron Man of India' in view of the toughest decisions and actions taken by him that deemed to be strong and hard as iron and steel. When India achieved freedom in 1947, there were 565 princely states and British-era colonial provinces in India. He took up the challenging task of forging a 'United India' by accession of almost every princely state by way of frank diplomacy and by using force wherever required. Based on this, some people call him the 'United Man of India'.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born into a farmer's family but he was brought up in an atmosphere with strong values and realities of life. Under Mahatma Gandhi's leadership, he showed his strength of character, sharpness of mind, organizing skills and statesmanship in achieving freedom for India and after independence for India's consolidation. He will always be known as a great personality that inspires every Indian.
The completion of Statue of Unity is a true tribute to his foresightedness, sagacity and wisdom. Each and every Indian and Persons of Indian Origin around the world would feel very proud on this remarkable achievement.