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Sardar Patel sardar patel biography Hind na Sardar Sardar of India Hind ke Sardar Ravjibhai Manibhai Patel Ekta Yatra Statue of Unity

Statue of Unity aka the Sardar Vallabhai Patel statue in Gujarat when it is unveiled on 31 October.

Mr Anand Mazgaonkar, a community group leader in Narmada district of Gujarat state, where the statue has been built over the past four years, said plainclothes police took away 12 people late on Tuesday to the local police headquarters.

The Prime Minister said Sardar Patel, a veteran administrator, had also popularised the idea of cooperative housing societies.

Towering at 182 metres, the Statue of Unity is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a hero of India's freedom struggle and the country's first deputy prime minister.

Built by engineering major Larsen & Toubro Ltd, the statue will be treated as the largest memorial to the "Iron Man of India".

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At 597 feet, it is reportedly the tallest statue in the world, and almost twice the size of New York's Statue of Liberty.

He will then arrive at the Wall of Unity, and inaugurate it.

Almost 100,000 tonnes of concrete and steel make up this giant Statue of Unity at a cost of $430 million (€378 million). Twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty, the figurine is believed to be the tallest statue in the world. It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar.

After its grand inauguration on 31 October, the statue will be open for public visit from 3 November from 9am-6pm.

The Prime Minister began the Mann ki Baat address with tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

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"We bow to the great Sardar Patel, the stalwart who unified India and served the nation tirelessly, on his Jayanti", he tweeted.

India on Wednesday inaugurated the world's tallest statue, a $400-million effigy of independence hero Vallabhbhai Patel that towers almost twice the height of New York's Statue of Liberty.

In the lobby area at the entrance of the statue, a museum and audio visual gallery will feature 15-minute presentations on the life of Patel and the tribal culture of Gujarat, to entertain tourists awaiting their turn to go up.

Some political commentators have criticized Modi for his expenditure on the statue complex at a time when the adivasi indigenous people who farm the land acquired for it are in economic straits and have protested against it.

Officials expect that the site, located some 200km (125 miles) from Gujarat's main city, Ahmedabad, will attract about 2.5 million annual visitors and will help boost local economy.

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