New Delhi: On the 143rd birth anniversary of iron leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’. PM Modi dedicated the twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty to the nation. The 182-metre-tall statue, which is the tallest statue in the world, has been built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore and is located 3.2 km downstream of the Narmada dam in Gujarat. Also Read - Ladakh Standoff: After Defence Minister, PM Modi Meets NSA, CDS, 3 Service Chiefs; Reviews Situation
PM Modi did a ‘virtual abhishek’ of the statue by pressing a lever. As per schedule, PM Modi arrived at the helipad at Kevadiya at around 9 AM and visited the 17-km-long Valley of Flowers. He reached the Tent City at 9.50 AM for its inauguration before arriving at the launch venue at around 10.15 AM. PM Modi then visited the Wall of Unity and dedicated the ‘Statue of Unity‘ to the nation at 11.35 AM. Also Read - Lockdown Has Failed, PM Modi Must Say What Plan B is, Rahul Gandhi Fires Salvo
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Before leaving the venue, he will also visit the museum and viewers’ gallery. The viewer’s gallery is located at a height of 153 metres and provides a breathtaking view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. Reportedly, at least 200 people can stand in the gallery at one time.
A grand laser show was organised to mark the inauguration.
A spectacular flypast by Indian Air Force aircraft and cultural performances took take place. A team of three Surya Kiran jets flew past leaving behind saffron, white and green colours of the national flag, as part of the IAF performances. This was followed by a flypast by three Jaguars at low altitude. Meanwhile, helicopters will shower flower petals on the statue while the PM pays a floral tribute to Sardar Patel.