The ground-breaking ceremony of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue, which will be the tallest statue in the world on completion, will be performed by chief minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 138th birth anniversary on Thursday. Former deputy prime minister LK Advani will also remain present on the occasion.
The 182-metre tall statue, which will be double the height of Statue of Liberty, will come up at Sadhu-bet, around 3.3 km from near Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia in Narmada district.
The first phase of the project, for which bids have already been invited, is estimated to cost Rs2,063 crore. The first phase would include construction of the main statue, a bridge connecting the statue to the river bank, a spectator gallery, and museum, among others.
“We plan to develop the project in two phases. The first phase is expected to be completed in 42 months after allotment of work,” said an official of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust, which is executing the project.
The government plans to collect iron from farmers in every village across the country for the project. The iron collection drive will also kick-off from Thursday. The campaign would be turned into a mass movement from Sardar Patel’s death anniversary on December 15, Modi said at a workshop on Wednesday.
“Sardar Patel was not only a Loh Purush (Iron Man) but also a Kisan Putra (son of a farmer). I appeal to everyone to support us in this endeavour,” the chief minister wrote in his blog.
Modi to lay foundation stone in presence of LK Advani, others