Take a look at India’s giant 182-metre high statue, one of the tallest on the planet

India’s prime minister today unveiled a towering bronze statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country’s first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947.

At 182 meters, it is the tallest statue in the world built at a cost of $610 million in Kevadiya, a village in Gujarat state. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Patel hail from Gujarat state.

The under construction  stands facing Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadiya Colony, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Ahmadabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The Statue of Unity, a 182-meters tall tribute to Indian freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, will be inaugurated on Oct. 31 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is slated to be the one of the world's tallest statue. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Statue of unity under construction. Source: Associated Press

Modi inaugurated the “Statue of Unity” on the bank of the Narmada river. He had promised the project despite criticism that India couldn’t afford to spend so much money on a statue.

Indian air force planes showered flower petals on the statue.

Indian policemen gather next to the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya colony in Gujarat state, India, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. The 182-meters (597 feet) bronze statue of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel, a key independence leader and the country's first home minister after British colonialists left in 1947, was inaugurated Wednesday by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
Indian policemen gather next to the Statue of Unity. Source: Associated Press

Patel was known as the “Iron Man of India” for integrating various states in the post-independence era as the creation of Pakistan led to a massive bloodshed between Hindus and Muslims moving between the two nations.

Modi said Patel was a beacon of hope for India in the time of crisis and he will be a source of inspiration for ages to come.

The monument will have a museum with 40,000 documents, 2,000 photographs and a research center dedicated to Patel’s life and work. 

Statue of Unity at Kevadiya colony in Gujarat state, India. The 182-meters monument pays tribute to India's prominent independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Statue of Unity at Kevadiya colony in Gujarat state, India. The 182-meters monument pays tribute to India's prominent independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Source: Associated Press

The impressive bronze statue is of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a key independence leader. Source: Associated Press