Gujarat govt invites TN CM for Sardar Patel statue inauguration

Chennai: The Gujarat government Monday extended formal invitation to Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister K Palaniswami for the inauguration of the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in that state on 31 October.

A team led by Gujarat minister Ganpat Vasava, who holds Tribal Development and Tourism portfolios among others, extended invitation to Purohit, besides the Chief Minister.

They met Palaniswami at the Secretariat here to extend the invitation to attend the unveiling of the ‘Statue of Unity,’ an official release said. The Gujarat minister was accompanied by party MP Kirit Solanki and a couple of state Legislators, it said.

Later, speaking to reporters, Vasava recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision as then chief minister of Gujarat to honour Patel, following which the idea of ‘Statue of Unity’ came up.

Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project on 31 October 2013. The ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicated to Patel, India’s first Home Minister, is touted to be the tallest in the world at 182 metres.

He said the making of the statue involved 70,000 tonnes of cement and 18,500 tonnes of steel. The initiative would also enable employment opportunities for 15,000 people.

Being built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore at Sadhu Bet island on Narmada river, the statue is set to be unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.