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PM visits Statue of Unity site, boosts tribal museum

Modi exuded confidence that the ‘Statue of Unity’ will become a major tourist attraction after its completion

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PM visits Statue of Unity site, boosts tribal museum
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews the construction of Statue of Unity at Sadhu Bet on Sunday
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Narendra Modi visited the Statue of Unity site on Sunday to review the construction. The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is said to be the world’s tallest at 182m and is being built at Sadhu Bet, an island on the Narmada.

Modi exuded confidence that the ‘Statue of Unity’ will become a major tourist attraction after its completion.

“This statue will be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US. This will be a tourism site. The tribal population will benefit from it.”

Modi also performed a ground breaking ceremony for the Tribal Museum to be build in Narmada district. He said, “Our history has tales of freedom fighters but there were thousands of tribals who sacrificed their lives in the fight against the Britishers. More than 100 tribal leaders were hung to death by the British. This museum will tell their story.”

Modi said his government would open museums in different parts of the country to honour the contribution of tribals who fought for India’s freedom.

“Some people think that India got independence because of some selected persons. Only they were showered with praises and received all the credit,” the PM said. “In reality, many tribals sacrificed a lot while fighting numerous battles for India’s independence between 1857 to 1947. Tribals from all corners of the country fought bravely.

“I strongly believe that these tribals must get the respect. Future generations must know their contribution,” he said.

“To honour such tribals, we want to build museums in all those states where tribals fought for independence between 1857 and 1947. Today, I got the chance to lay foundation stone for one such museum. I am confident that more such museums will be opened at other places in future,” he said.

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