Statue of Unity : All you need to Know || Waste of Tax?


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The Statue of unity unveiled at Narmada district of Gujarat, India. It is the world's tallest statue, with a height of 182 metres or about two times as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

The one who won over British leaders in the Satyagrah of Kheda and Bardoli, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the Bismarck of Modern India, who led the welfare of farmers. He is renowned as the architect of independent India, as he united all diverse 562 princely states to build one great Republic of India. Shri Narendra Modi decided to pay Honourable tribute which will be cherished for centuries by the whole world and it will become a matter of pride for every Indian for this great man. Built in less than five years, it is the world’s tallest, grandest and giant statue. It is a tribute to the man who united India, Sardar Patel.

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  • Statue of - SARDAR VALLABHBHAI PATEL
  • Location - Narmada district, Gujarat, India
  • Designer -Ram V. Sutar
  • Height of Statue: 182 metres (597 ft) - representing the 182 Assembly constituencies of Gujarat. 
  • The total cost of the project about Rs 2,989 crores
  • 4,076 labourers form India and China
  • Including base: 240 metres (790 ft)
  • Beginning date 31 October 2013
  • Opening date 31 October 2018 143rd birth anniversary 
  • Inaugurated by - Narendra Modi
  • The tallest statue in the world;
  •  taller than the 153 m tall Spring Temple Buddha in China and almost twice as tall as the world famous Statue of Liberty in New York.
  • The statue is 100 times larger than a man of average height of about 5 to 5 and a half feet!
  • A viewing gallery at the 135 m level, at the chest, can accommodate up to 200 visitors at one go and affords a breath-taking view of the dam and its environs
  • An exhibition centre at its base showcasing the life and achievements of Sardar Patel
  • A 320 m long designer bridge connecting Sadhu Hill to the mainland
  • A memorial and visitors’ centre
  • 4-lane approach road
  • An administrative complex, 3-star hotel and conference centre
  • A 40-m suspended fabric roof structure for the visitors’ centre
Src - Wikipedia

Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
  • Birth : October 31, 1875 -  Nadiad town, Gujarat
  • Death : December 15, 1950

  • Kheda Satyagraha and Bardoli Satyagraha, both of which times the British bowed down
  • Elected as Ahmedabad's municipal president in 1924 and 1928
  • Elected President of the Indian National Congress in 1931
  • Independent India's first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister and IB Minister
  • The Architect of United India post-independence
  • Posthumously, conferred with Bharat Ratna in 1991


Criticism


  1. Tribals and farmers in Gujarat are planning a mass protest as the lack of adequate rehabilitation and water shortages in the area due to the unveiling of the statue.
  2. The Statue politics are taking over, Government are less concerned over the real issues 
  3. Statue of unity might not be economically feasible in generating the revenue form tourism. The people's money that could have been saved. 
  4. The project was heavily overspent, comparing the spring Buddha temple which costs around $55M and 128 meters high, The statue of unity costs over $400M at 182 meters high. even the inflation amount would have been about $100M. 
  5. The economic viability of Mumbai Ahmedabad bullet Train cant be explained, and so do for this project. Looks just like a lucrative gift to RSS and BJP. 
  6. The government could have made IT parks, skill centres in the name of Patel instead of making the tallest statue in the world, which is not attractive at all, just an enlarged version of basic statue.
  7. Most of the oil sectors paid for the statue which could be the factor of increasing oil prices in India

Who Funded the Project


Indian Oil Corporation - 900 crores
ONGC - 500 crores
Bharat Petroleum - 250 crores
Oil India Corporation - 250 crores
Gas Authority of India Limited - 250 crores
Power Grid 125 crores
Gujarat Minerals Development Corporation 100 crores
Engineers India - 50 crores
Petronet India - 50 crores
Balmer Laurie - 50 crores

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