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The World's Tallest Statue Is Nearing Completion in India
182m statue takes shape in remote part of India (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 290)
Sep 4, 2018 Culture & Entertainment
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It is designed to be a 182m (600ft) high tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a hero in India's independence struggle, in a remote corner of India. The statue is located some 200km (125 miles) from the state's main city, Ahmedabad.

An army of 2,500 workers are working to get the statue ready in time, with several hundred migrant labourers from China also contributing to the efforts. They are currently toiling around the clock to put 5,000 squares of bronze cladding on the figure of Patel.

The Spring Temple Buddha in China is currently the world's biggest statue at 128 metres.



India's statue has cost 29.9bn rupees ($430m) and is seen as a pet project of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has predicted it will attract "hordes" of tourists, just as the Statue of Liberty does in New York.

Visitors will be able to access a viewing gallery 153 meters up - about chest height on the huge standing figure which is more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

Mr Patel was a deputy to India's prime minister after independence in 1947. The nationalist was known as the "Iron Man of India" after he persuaded feuding states to unite and become part of the Indian state after independence.

Many Hindu nationalists feel his place in history was overlooked in favour of the Nehru dynasty, which came to dominate Indian politics. "Every Indian regrets Sardar Patel did not become the first Prime minister, " Modi said while campaigning in 2013.

The "Statue of Unity", as it is known, will be inaugurated by the Indian leader on 31 October.


It is designed to be a 182m (600ft) high tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a hero in India's independence struggle, in a remote corner of India. The statue is located some 200km (125 miles) from the state's main city, Ahmedabad.

An army of 2,500 workers are working to get the statue ready in time, with several hundred migrant labourers from China also contributing to the efforts - is toiling around the clock to put 5,000 squares of bronze cladding on the figure of Patel.

The Spring Temple Buddha in China is currently the world's biggest statue at 128 metres.

India's statue has cost 29.9bn rupees ($430m) and is seen as a pet project of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He has predicted it will attract "hordes" of tourists, as the Statue of Liberty does in New York.

Visitors will be able to access a viewing gallery 153 meters up - about chest height on the Hugh standing figure which more than twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

Mr Patel was a deputy to India's rime minister after independence in 1947. The nationalist was known as the "Iron Man of India" after he persuaded feuding states to unite and become part of the Indian state after independence.

Many Hindu nationalists feel his place in history was overlooked in favour of the Nehru dynasty, which came to dominate Indian politics. "Every Indian regrets Sardar Patel did not become the first Prime minister, " Modi said while campaigning in 2013.

The "Statue of Unity", as it is known, will be inaugurated by the Indian leader on 31 October.

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