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World's Tallest Statue Unveiled

01 November 2018

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, BSP chief Mayawati sought an apology from the BJP for its comments in the past against installation of statues of Dalit icons.

The statue, dubbed the "Statue of Unity", is 182 meters tall, making it the tallest statue in the world.

It encloses an area of 20,000 square metres and is also surrounded by an artificial lake of an area of 12 square metres, reports NDTV.

India's "Statue of Unity", unveiled earlier today, is now the tallest statue in the world overtaking China's Spring Temple Buddha. However, the statue has been named as the "Statue of Unity".

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Congress chief Rahul Gandhi took a swipe at Modi, saying it is "ironic" that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being destroyed while BSP chief Mayawati demanded an apology from the BJP and the RSS who flayed her over the statues of Dalit leaders her government had installed in Uttar Pradesh.

Surrounded by the waters of the Narmada river, the statue stands at five times the height of Rio De Janeiro's famous statue of Christ The Redeemer and more than double the height of Russia's imposing The Motherland Calls statue in Volgograd. It was erected in Kevadiya, a village in Gujarat state.

"Police patrolling has been intensified in the wake of protests by the local tribal community and leaders".

"The statue will go on to become the symbol of Sardar's vow and bravery that he displayed in uniting the country", said Modi, adding that the statue is also the symbol farmers of the country whose soil and tools became the foundation of the statue.

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The Air Force performed fly-past to mark the unveiling of the "Statue of Unity" by PM Modi.

"Though Patel was from Gujarat state, all Indians were proud of him because of his stature", said Rashesh Patel, a 42-year-old businessman among the crowd gathered for the inauguration ceremony.

The government is expected that the new tourist spot will attract almost 15,000 visitors on a daily basis. Even the outer layer of statue required over 1,700 tonnes of bronze.

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World's Tallest Statue Unveiled