Everything you need to know about Statue of Unity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Statue of Unity, the tallest in the world on October 31, 2018. The statue built as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is located approximately 3.5 km downstream from the Sardar Sarovar Dam, on Sadhu Hill on the bed of the river Narmada.

The iconic statue built by infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro is 182 metres from the road entry and 208.5 metres from the river entry, this makes it taller than the 153m Spring Temple Buddha in China and almost twice the height of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York.

The statue is completed with a cost of approximately 2,989 crore rupees and is sculpted by a 93-year-old Padma Bhushan Ram V. Suthar.

After the end of colonial rule the unity of India was under severe strain and hence in June 1947 the States Department came into being to give impetus and top priority to negotiations between India and over 550 Princely states.

VP Menon was made the Secretary of the States Department, he wrote "The Story of the Integration of Indian States". Sardar Patel and his team negotiated with the Princely states and ensured that they all became a part of free India.

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