Prime News, Nation, (Ahmedabad), July 9:-Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Statue of Unity on October 31, the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Sunday.
Rupani reviewed the progress of the memorial in Kevadiya near Sardar Sarovar Dam in the tribal-dominated Narmada district, about 190 kilometres from here.
He said his government was working towards ensuring that the statue is completed by October 31.
The 182-metre tall statue is being built with 25,000 tonnes of iron and 90,000 tonnes of cement, he told reporters here.
He said the monument is a fitting tribute to a leader who worked tirelessly for the unity and integrity of the country.
World class facilities will be ensured in order to attract tourists here, he said, adding the statue will also have a tribal museum as well as garden and boating facilities.
The project was first announced in 2010 and a special purpose vehicle was set up by the state government for its construction.
This statue is planned to be spread over 20,000 square meters of project area and will be surrounded by an artificial lake spread across 12 km of area. It would be the world’s tallest statue when completed.
Initially the total cost of the project was estimated to be about RS 2,063 crore by the government. Later Larsen & Toubro won the contract in October 2014 for its lowest bid of Rs 2,989 crore for the design, construction and maintenance. The construction was started on 31 October 2014.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)