The 182-meter-high gigantic ‘Statue of Unity‘ is a tribute to the country’s first Home Minister ‘Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.’ He was known as the ‘Ironman’ of India. His contribution to independent India is noteworthy.
It is believed to be the world’s tallest monument now leaving behind China’s ‘Spring Temple Buddha Statue‘ and the renowned ‘Statue of Liberty‘. It is 29 meters taller than the Spring Temple Buddha Statue and almost 93 meters taller than the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The statue is located at the Sadhu Bet Island on the Narmada river, between Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges in Surat. You could imagine the scenic view from the description of the location.
Now, to pay respect to the great legend, our honorable Prime Minister has chosen the date of the inauguration on the 143-birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.
It is indeed a massive project, and it is said that it took a whopping amount of around Rs 2,989 crores to complete the project. That’s a considerable amount.
This prestigious project was given to the Turner Construction and the Larsen and Turbo company. They have done an incredible job.
Things to see
Apart from the statue, there is a museum and an exhibition hall that has been constructed inside this enormous structure, representing the life and contribution of Sardar Patel. An overview of pre-independent and post-independent India.
It has also constructed an additional 52 guest rooms, auditoriums, and galleries for the tourists.
One of the fantastic things about the statue is, it has a viewing area where you can reach by elevator.
After all the overindulgence, there remains a question:
Is the amount invested in the project is worthy? Will, the project itself, can attract tourist? Can it boom the tourism sector?
The Gujrat government expects flourishing business in the tourism industry. The motive is to promote ‘sustainable economic growth and to promote the local culture.’ But investing almost 3000 crores towards a statue isn’t worth for economic development. As per research, it won’t drive that much tourist unless they are offering something more for the tourist.
Some people think ‘the government could have invested this much amount of money towards the agricultural and industrial sector.’
The economic growth of which the government is talking about or expecting can be attained if there is a better agricultural facility, ways that could give rise to more job opportunities.
The youth of our country needs motivation.
If the core purpose is to bring forth the tourism business then it is my firm opinion ‘our government could have financed the money in the maintenance of the numerous historical ruins of our country.’ Those are neglected and left behind for decades.
Still, I would say, it is a proud thing for all the citizen of India. The ‘statue of Unity’ symbolizes discipline, unity, and determination. I hope Indian citizens especially all state governments and the central government will hold to what it stands for.
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