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The Statue of Unity, in Gujrat, india.

"The 31st of October this year will be special on one more account- on this day, we shall dedicate the statue of unity of the nation as a true tribute to Sardar Patel". Modi thanked the sculptors and architects who worked on the statue.

- Total project cost Rs 2,989 crore (US$ 407 million), mostly funded by State and Central government through Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET).

The Prime Minister will reach Ahmedabad today evening and stay overnight at Raj Bhavan. The gallery can accommodate 200 visitors at one go and also offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Anand Mazgaonkar, a community group leader in Narmada district of Gujarat state where the statue has been built over the past four years, said plain clothes police took away 12 people late Tuesday to the local police headquarters.

It is nearly 29 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and nearly twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in NY. "No Indian will forget this day".

The "Iron Man of India", a moniker the first deputy prime minister of the country earned through his commitment to national integration in the Forties, will in fact be clad entirely in bronze when dedicated by Shri Narendra Modi on Wednesday morning; 1,850 tonnes of bronze to be precise.

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The memorial has been seen as a pet project of Mr Modi, who like Patel, was born in Gujarat.

"In the process, not only will the Statue of Unity literally dwarf statues of all other Indians leaders, but the event will also enable the memory of Sardar to rise imposingly over Congress Party leaders", Mukhopadhyay said.

The construction work has taken almost four years to complete the mega project. Selfie Points in 5-km radius around the Statue is also constructured. "It will be a place to visit for those nostalgic about the freedom struggle".

It is said that Surya Kiran of the IAF will perform aerobatics in the sky over Patel's statue while spreading the colours of Tricolour in the sky.

- Statue's surface (skin) has 553 bronze panels - each panel has 10-15 micro panels - made at a Chinese foundry, as there was no facility available in India to make panels of this scale.

The massive statue has more of a Chinese connection than merely dislodging the Spring Temple Buddha statue from being the world's tallest. Construction is underway for an even bigger statue near the Indian city Mumbai, which will depict the Marathan warrior King Shivaji on horseback in the Arabian Sea.


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