Statue of Unity inauguration LIVE updates: PM Modi unveils world’s tallest statue dedicated to Sardar Patel at Kevadia

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Sardar Patel, Statue of Unity inauguration Live updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled the Statue of Unity, a memorial dedicated to India’s first Home minister Sardar Patel.

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Statue of Unity Gujarat inauguration LIVE updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ in honour of India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue is built on Sadhu Bet Island on Narmada river. Standing tall at 182 metres from the ground and 240 metres from the Narmada river base, the statue is touted as the world’s tallest statue. The statue is almost 29 metres taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha that stands at 153 metres, and almost twice as high as the 93-metre Statue of Liberty in New York. As soon as PM Modi unveiled the statue, three Indian Air Force planes flew past Sardar Patel figure and created the tricolour in the sky.

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Addressing the gathering later, Modi said that Statue of Unity is symbol of country’s engineering and technical capabilities. “Had Sardar Patel not united country, we would need visa to see lions or pay homage at Somnath or view Charminar in Hyderabad,” he said. Gujarat Governor OP Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel, BJP president Amit Shah and former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel were present at the unveiling of the Statue of Unity. The ceremony coincided with Sardar Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary.

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18:42 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity opens for tourists from Thursday

The Statue of Unity- a tribute to Sardar Patel- will be open for tourists from tomorrow i.e November 1. Considered as the world's tallest monument, it is expected to attract around 10,000 tourists daily, a state government official said. Standing on Sadhu Bet, an islet near Sardar Sarovar Dam, the Statue Of Unity in Narmada district is expected to be a major tourist attraction.

18:37 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: Indian Railways runs special train from Varanasi

Indian railways today ran a special "unity" train to ferry around 1,000 people from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to Narmada district in Gujarat, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to mark the late leader's 143rd birth anniversary Wednesday, according to reports. "The train with over 1,000 passengers left Varanasi Tuesday and reached Gujarat just in time for the people to see the prime minister unveil the statue. This was a special train to mark the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel," Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar was quoted as saying by PTI

17:58 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: PM Modi takes Shiv bhakt jibe at Rahul Gandhi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today took a dig at Congress President Rahul Gandhi saying if Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would not have worked towards uniting the country after Independence, 'Shiv bhakts' needed a visa to offer prayers at the Somnath temple. The Prime Minister made this remark after unveiling the Statue of Unity today. Gandhi, who is on two-day tour of politically significant Malwa-Nimar region in Madhya Pradesh, offered prayers at the famous Mahakaleshwar temple.

Some of the Congress leaders last year said Gandhi was an ardent 'Shiv bhakt'. Earlier in August this year, Gandhi had undertaken Kailash Mansarovar Yatra to seek blessings of Lord Shiva

16:47 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity unveiled: Mayawati seeks apology

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) Supremo Mayawati demanded an apology from those who had flayed her over the statues of Dalit leaders her government had installed in Uttar Pradesh. “All those in the BJP, the RSS and company need to apologise, especially to the people of the Bahujan Samaj, for terming the statues installed by the then BSP government to honour icons like Baba Saheb Ambedkar and others as wasteful expenditure," she said in a statement. "The people of the country are also wondering if all this is not politics, and if the BJP really had this love for Patel why had they not put up such a massive statue earlier in Gujarat where they are in power for a long time," she said.

16:45 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity to host Police event

Statue of Unity-the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat- will host this year's annual conference of directors general and inspectors general of police, accoridng to reports. The officials said though the final dates for the three-day conference of directors general and inspectors general of police from all state and central forces has not been decided, the Union Home Ministry has given an 'in-principle' approval for the event to be held at this venue. The conference is expected to be organised in the second half of December after the results of the five poll-bound states -- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram-- are declared on the 11th of that month.

16:07 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel- the Iron Man of India

First Home Minister of Independent India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is credited with merging 550 princely states into the Union of India. He had used force to annex princely states of Junagadh ruled by Nawab and Hyderabad ruled by nizam, both of whom had wished not to merge their states with the India union. "The statue will remind those who question India's existence, that this nation was, is and will remain eternal," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

15:36 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
BJP Union Minister takes dig at Congress over Sardar Patel, Statue of Unity

In a stinging attack at Congress, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said "We do not oppose Nehru. But we protest the idea that everything was done by the Nehru family and nothing by Sardar Patel." Prasad has also taken a jibe at Congress saying that it took 41 years to honour the first home minister of India with Bharat Ratna as the party was concerned with only one family. Sardar Patel was bestowed the country's highest civilian award posthumously in 1991, 41 years after his death in 1950.

15:18 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Sardar Patel was Congressman to core, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today lashed out at the BJP government. In a tweet, he accused the government of treason, saying there was a systematic destruction of institutions that Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had helped build. He said that Patel was a patriot who fought for a independent, united & secular India. "A man with a steely will, tempered by compassion, he was a Congressman to the core, who had no tolerance for bigotry or communalism. On his birth anniversary, I salute this great son of India."

"Ironic that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being smashed. The systematic destruction of India's institutions is nothing short of treason," the Congress president said.

15:11 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Who designed Statue of Unity?

The Statue of Unity has been designed by renowned sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar. Sutar, 93, has designed over 50 sculptures in his career all over the world. The statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Parliament complex is also designed by him only. He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2016 and Padma Shri in 1999. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

13:29 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Arun Jaitley pays tribute to Sardar Patel

Union Minister Arun Jaitley has paid homage to Sardar Patel on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Jaitley urged people to follow his ideals and plegde to make India stronger. 

13:10 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: Mesmerising pictures of the world’s tallest statue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated world's tallest statue - Statue of Unity in Narmada district of Gujarat. The 182 metres tall statue is dedicated to India's first Home minister Sardar Patel. Addressing the gathering here, Modi said that the Statue of Unity will remind the world about the courage of the man who thwarted attempts to disintegrate India. CLICK HERE TO SEE PICS OF STATUE OF UNITY

12:21 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
WATCH: PM Narendra Modi pays floral tribute to Sardar Patel
12:19 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Latest visuals from Statue of Unity
11:38 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity is reminder to those who question existence of India: PM

Modi said that the Statue of Unity is a reminder to those who question the existence of India. 'India was eternal, is eternal and will always remain eternal,' he said. The Rs 2,389 crore statue is a tribute to Sardar Patel who played a major role in integrating the princely states into the Indian Union after 1947 partition. 

11:36 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
We travel freely because of Sardar Patel: Modi

Modi said that from Kutch to Kohima and Kargil and Kanyakumari, if we can travel freely today, it is because of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

11:35 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Patel was instrumental in giving women role in politics: PM

PM Modi also said that Sardar Patel was instrumental in giving women an active role in Indian politics. He added that Patel led the path for India, walking on which we are talking with the world on our own terms now.

11:22 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
PM Modi remembers Sardar Patel

Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Modi said that Sardar Sahab had said infighting was the reason for India's subordination by foreign powers; never again will India make the same mistake and never will India again be enslaved.

11:19 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Farmers converted Statue of Unity to a peoples' movemement: PM

The Prime Minister said that crores of farmers converted the construction of Statue of Unity to a peoples' movemement.

11:12 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
PM Modi recalls contribution of Sardar Patel

PM Modi said 'if it was not for Sardar Sahab's resolve, then we Indians would have to take visa to see the Gir lions, pray at Somnath, or to see Hyderabad's Charminar'.

10:56 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
WATCH: Statue of Unity inauguration
10:54 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Fortunate to dedicate Statue of Unity to nation: Modi

Prime Minister said that events like today are very very important in a country's history and such events are difficult to erase. "It is a historic and inspiring occasion for all Indians. I am fortunate to dedicate this statue of Sardar Sahab to the nation," he said.

10:51 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
WATCH: PM Modi inaugurates Statue of Unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today unveiled Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Patel, the first Home Minister of India who played a key role in uniting India.

10:48 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Today we mark Ekta Diwas, says PM Modi

Addressing the gather here, PM Narendra Modi said that no Indian will ever forget this day. He said that today is a day that will be remembered in the history of India. “Today we mark Ekta Diwas,” he said. "This is a project that we had thought about during the time I was the Chief Minister of Gujarat."

10:36 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
PM Modi unveils Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Patel

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated Statue of Unity dedicated to India's first Home Minister Sardar Patel. Besides Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel and former CM Anandiben Patel were also present on the occasion.

10:24 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: 8 astonishing facts about Sardar Patel's statue

The Statue of Unity dedicated to country's first Home minister Sardar Patel is unique in many ways. The statue is set to become the tallest statue in the world at 182 metres, which is twice of the Statue of Liberty located in New York. Though the project was announced in 2010, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in October 31, 2013 by Narendra Modi when he was CM of Gujarat. The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) had organised several outreach programmes to collect raw materials for the construction of the memorial. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

10:12 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: Tickets available online

The Statue of Unity will be opened to the public on November 1. Tickets are available at http://www.soutickets.in. Tickets are also available on location and at Shrestha Bharat Bhavan complex. Tickets -- Rs 120 for adults and Rs 60 for kids. This will only allow access to the memorial, statue site, Sardar Sarovar Dam etc.

10:05 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Who designed Statue of Unity ?

The Statue of Unity has been designed by renowned sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar. A receipt of Padma Bhushan in 2016 and Padma Shri in 1999, Sutar has designed more than 50 sculptors in his career including the statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Parliament complex.

10:02 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: 50 lakh kg iron crowdsourced

Sardar Patel is known as the ‘Iron Man of India’ and hence the Trust had collected iron from across length and breadth of the country. The Trust had launched a special campaign named ‘Loha’ to collect iron from every states. According to an estimate, 50,00,000 kg iron was crowdsourced. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

09:47 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Sardar Patel statue can withstand earthquake

The Statue of Unity has been designed in such a way that it will be able to withstand severe wind velocity and severe earthquakes. According to a Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd, Statue of Unity can survive wind speeds of 220 kmph and earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.

09:40 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Selfie point, moving walkway and many more

Rathod informed that the 306-metre walkway leading up to the statue is fitted with marble. Besides, there is also a moving walkway for the disabled and senior citizens. A selfie point has been designated a few meters from the statue.

A 52-room three-star hotel and two tent cities with 250 tents have been constructed near the site to accommodate the visitors to the site. Flowers have been planted on the hills adjoining the statue to give the area a ‘Valley of the Flowers' look.

09:32 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: 250 engineers, 3,400 labourers involved in work

According to SS Rathod, Chairman and MD of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL), which is overseeing the project, 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers were involved on the interior and exterior of the project. The project also includes a garden at the base of the statue and two high-speed lifts which will carry 40 people at a time to take them to the viewing gallery. Rathod informed that there will also be a museum and a sound and light show depicting the life and times of Sardar Patel.

09:31 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Latest visuals from Statue of Unity
09:31 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: PM Modi reaches Kevadia

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached Kevadia in Narmada district. Here, the PM will inaugurate dedicate the Statue of Unity to the nation. The statue stands 182 metres talls from the ground and is tallest in the world.

09:13 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: About Sardar Sarovar Dam

The 1,210 metre long concrete gravity Sardar Sarovar Dam is one of India's largest water resource projects and a major tourist attraction.

09:00 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Gujarat aims to attract tourists

The Gujarat government is expecting that the Statue of Unity, world's tallest statue, will promote tourism in the state. According to government’s estimate, 15,000 tourists are expected to visit the site daily.“Its unique location will help in boosting eco-tourism and it is expected to attract 15,000 tourists every day,” SSNNL Superintending Engineer RG Kanungo said.

08:49 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity location

The Statue of Unity is being built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore by Larsen & Toubro, one of the largest Indian multi-national firms. It is located at Sadhu Bet Island on Narmada river, 3.2 km downstream of Sardar Sarovar Dam.

08:42 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Who was Sardar Patel?

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was born on October 31, 1875. He was a political and social leader who played key role in India’s independence and guided its integration into a united, independent nation. After Independence in August 1947, Patel used frank diplomacy backed with the option of military and enabled the accession of princely states. Patel is called the ‘Iron Man of India’ for his work to integrate 565 princely states. He had served as the first Deputy Prime Minister and first Home Minister between 15 August 1947 and 15 December 1950. He died after suffering a massive heart attack on 15 December 1950 at Birla House in Bombay. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

08:34 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Republic Day-like event planned

The BJP government has planned Republic Day-like events to mark the unveiling of Statue of Unity on Wednesday. According to a report in The Indian Express, the ceremony is likely to be a three-hour-long affair which will include flypasts by the IAF, playing of patriotic music by ceremonial bands of the Army, Navy, IAF. Also, folk dance performances from Punjab, Assam, Mizoram and Gujarat have been planned to mark the inauguration of 182-metre tall statue. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

08:28 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Unveiling of Statue of Unity to be BJP's 2019 campaign launch?

The event to unveil the statue of Sardar Patel is virtually seen as kicking off BJP’s campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The statue will be inaugurated by Narendra Modi today commemorating the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. The statue if located at Sadhu Bet, near Narmada Dam.

The BJP has been projecting the statue as a symbol of unity and as a message that Congress underplayed Patel’s contribution towards the country in favour of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

08:22 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Run for Unity: Latest visuals from India Gate
08:09 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
President Kovind pays tribute to Sardar Patel

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and Home Minister Rajnath Singh pay floral tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary in Delhi. Kovind said: "Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary. The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel forged our unity and integrity. India will forever remember his services to the nation."

08:02 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
What former Gujarat CM Shankersinh Vaghela is saying

Expelled rebel Congress leader Shankersinh Vaghela has mocked PM Modi as he dubbed Sardar Patel's statue a ‘marketing gimmick’. He said: “When the internal fighting among the top brass of leading institutions like the CBI and RBI has emerged into the public, the PM should deal with this crisis first and then speak of unity.” He asked “which unity are you (PM) talking about?”

“First unite the CBI and RBI. Unite for saving the downfall of Indian rupee, unite for bringing down fuel prices,” he said.

07:55 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Itinerary of PM’s Gujarat visit

PM Modi reached Ahmedabad airport on Tuesday night at around 9:30 pm. He was welcomed by Governor Om Prakash Kohli, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and others at the airport. He spent night at Raj Bhavan8:00 am: PM Modi to depart Governor’s residence for Statue of Unity's inaugural programme.9.00 am: PM Modi to reach land at helipad near Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district.9.10 am: PM to reach the Valley of Flowers near Statue of Unity.9.50 am: PM Modi to spend 20 minutes at Tent City.10:20 am: PM Modi will reach the Statue of Unity for the inauguration. The main event will go on for around 2 hours.12:15 pm: PM Modi to leave for Vadodara before returning to Delhi.

07:49 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: World’s tallest statue at 182 metres

Located at Kevadia on the banks of Narmada river in Narmada district, Statue of Unity is twice the height of Statue of Liberty in New York and for times of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. This is the world's tallest skyscraping statue.

07:40 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
PM Modi recalls Patel’s contribution in uniting India

In his comment today, PM Modi recalled Sardar Patel's contribution in uniting the nation. 'We bow to the great Sardar Patel, the stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, on his Jayanti,' his tweet reads.

Earlier on October 28, PM Modi had in his monthly ‘Mann Ki Baat’ address, said Patel ensured the merger of all princely states with the Dominion of India. Whether Junagadh, Hyderabad, Travancore, or for that matter the princely states of Rajasthan. “If we are able to see a united India now, it was entirely on account of the sagacity and strategic wisdom of Patel,” the Prime Minister said.

07:32 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity: Gallery at 153 metres height

A special gallery at 153 metres height has been designed to allow people catch glimpses of Sardar Patel’s life. It can accommodate up to 200 visitors at one time. Besides, it offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.

07:25 (IST) 31 Oct 2018
Statue of Unity inauguration: Where to watch unveiling of Sardar Patel's statue

PM Modi will unveil the Statue of Unity on Wednesday. The 182-metre statue has been built to pay tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ho is knows as 'Iron man of India'. Today is also the 143rd birth anniversary of Patel. The programme will start at 9.50 am. Doordarshan National will live telecast the event. Also, live streaming will be available on the YouTube channel of Doordarshan National. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

Statue of Unity inauguration LIVE Updates Statue of Unity unveiling LIVE Updates: PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate Sardar Patel's statue The Statue of Unity which is 182 metres high is dedicated to India’s first Home Minister Sardar Patel. When inaugurated, it will become the world's tallest statue. The statue is 29 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, the world's current tallest statue at 153 metres. It is almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty in New York at 93 metres. Post-inauguration, the site will be open for the public visit from November 3. Those who want to visit the site will have to book tickets online at www.soutickets.in. Although the project was announced in 2010 by then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, the foundation stone for the project was laid on 31 October 2013. The statue has been built by Larsen & Toubro at a cost of around Rs 2,979 crore.
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