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India Reveals World Tallest Statue as Tribute to Hero, Patel
This was during the celebration of her unity in the western state of Gujurat.
The Gujarati hero and former deputy prime minister, also known as the ‘Iron man of India’ had persuaded all the princely states to join the Indian union after independence from British rule in 1947.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who also hails from Gujarat, dedicated Patel’s statue to the people of India on the 142nd birth anniversary of the statesman’s birth.
The bronze record-breaking monument, which towers over the Narmada River, was built at a cost of 29.89 billion rupees (430 million dollars).
According to the Press Information Bureau of India, the statue which depicts Patel wearing the traditional Indian attire of a dhoti and a shawl, took 33 months to build and involved 250 engineers and 3400 workers.