What is the Statue of Unity? Is it worth spending Rs 2,989 crore on the Statue of Unity?

The Statue of Unity (एकता की प्रतिमा or एकत्व मूर्ति) is a monument dedicated to the Indian independence movement leader and the first Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The tallest statue in the world is located on the river island called Sadhu Bet facing the Narmada Dam near Rajpipla in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The monument along with its surroundings occupies over 20,000 square meters and is surrounded by a 12 square km artificial lake.

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It is the World’s Tallest Statue with a height of 182 meters (597 ft). The project was contracted to Larsen & Turbo in October 2014 for its lowest bid of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million) for the design, development, and support. The construction was started on December 19, 2015, completed in October 2018. It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar and was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on 31st October 2018 on the birth anniversary of the Iron Man of India.

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