World’s tallest statue to be unveiled today

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 31 Oct 2018 09:00:10



PRIME Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the world’s tallest statue the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Gujarat on Wednesday. The 182-metre statue of Vallabhbhai Patel will be dedicated to the nation on his birth anniversary in Narmada District of Gujarat. At the launch ceremony, the Prime Minister will pour soil and Narmada water into a ‘kalash’ to mark the dedication of the statue, a statement from his office said here. The Prime Minister will press a lever to commence a ‘virtual abhishek’ of the statue, it said.

He will then arrive at the Wall of Unity to inaugurate it. At the feet of the statue, Modi will perform a special prayer to mark the occasion.  The Prime Minister will then visit the museum and exhibition, and the viewers’ gallery.

This gallery, at 153 metres height, can accommodate up to 200 visitors at one time. It offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges. The dedication ceremony shall also be punctuated by flypast of IAF aircraft and performances by cultural troupes.

On the occasion, cultural and musical programmes will be performed by the bands of Gujarat Police, armed and paramilitary forces. There will be dance and musical performances by artistes drawn from 29 States and two Union Territories.