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Incredible photos reveal the world's tallest statue taking shape: £226million landmark that's twice as high as Lady Liberty is set to open in October

March 22, 2018 4:54 PM
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Incredible photos reveal the progress being made on what is set to be the world's highest statue.

The £226.9million Statue of Unity in western India will be 597 feet tall when it's finished in October - that's almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and nearly 100 feet higher than the current record holder, China's Spring Temple Buddha.

It's being built on Sadhu Island in the state of Gujarat, with the waters of the Narmada river surrounding it.

Images reveal that the foundations have been laid for the structure along with central support pillars but there is still a bit of work to do before it takes on the form of the late political and social leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, whom it will honour.

Millions of tons of cement and steel have been shuttled to the site and recycled iron was used for the statue's foundation.

Along with a visitor's centre, the Statue of Unity will have a viewing gallery at 501 feet, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time. It will offer expansive views of the surrounding area.

Adjacent to the attraction will be a three-star 128-room hotel, with restaurant and conference facilities.

Explaining the concept behind the giant idol, the Statue of Unity site notes: 'As a memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the statue will not only remind every individual of our great nation's freedom struggle but will also inspire the people of our country to inculcate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's visionary ideologies of unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance.

While the Statue of Unity has been backed by ardent fans of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, some have criticised the project for being a waste of money.


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