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World's tallest statue inaugurated in India

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-11-01 08:55
General view of the "Statue of Unity" portraying Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, one of the founding fathers of India, during its inauguration in Kevadia, in the western state of Gujarat, India, on Oct 31, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW DELHI - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated the world's tallest statue in the country's western state of Gujarat.

The 182-meter-tall statue of the country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, more popularly known as Sardar Patel or "Iron Man of India," is situated in Kevadiya village in the Narmada district of Gujarat, also the home state of Modi.

The statue was built at a cost of over 400 million US dollars.

Sardar Patel played a key role in India's freedom struggle, and was a popular leader committed to the farmers' welfare.

Wednesday also marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. The "Statue of Unity" will be open to the public from Nov 3.

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