Built as a memorial to the ‘Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31st October, this year.
Built at a cost of over Rs. 3,000 crore, it is being considered as the largest statue in the world with a height of 182 metres. Set amidst the picturesque environs of the Narmada river, Satpura and Vindhyachal hills, the sheer size of the monument is expected to be a major tourist draw for Gujarat.
Nearly 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers were deployed by L&T to built the statue. The statue has been designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and has been built by Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. This statue is pitched as a tribute to freedom movement icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his 143rd birth anniversary.
The construction of the statue faced criticism from several quarters, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, as the bronze panels were cast at a foundry in China. Hundreds of Chinese workers were also spotted at the construction site.
Ironic that a statue of Sardar Patel is being inaugurated, but every institution he helped build is being smashed. The systematic destruction of India's institutions is nothing short of treason. #StatueOfUnity
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) October 31, 2018
Now, a social media user, Rajeev Jain, has pointed out that just within couple of weeks from the unveiling of the grand statue, cracks have begun to surface. The post which carried images circling the visible cracks went instantly viral.
The same was shared nearly 1,775 times on Facebook and also liked by 266 users. We could read some interesting comments by users on this post :
One user by the name of Kalpana Kannabiran said……..”SHHH…..Don’t spread the word, let it just come crashing down…….”
While another user by the name of Narayan Rao commented that it is good that the statue will fall off by Elections 2019 as he did not want any more foolish legacies of the government to continue.
SV Subramanian echoed what Rahul Gandhi had said………”No wonder because it is made in China”.
However, one user Ashok Mundhada said that these were not cracks but fillers used where two pieces failed to fit perfectly.
While we await an official confirmation on this news, the fury of the people is well taken as India still grapples with issues of farmer suicides, unemployment and other grave issues, and the Government chose to spend a whopping Rs. 3,000 plus on this statue, apparently just to score a point over their political opponents.
Couple of days ago, noted industrialist and well-followed social media user, Harsh Goenka, tweeted a whatsapp message which read,
“When Indians are in Paris and New York, they are in awe of the Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building respectively, however, when in India, the question why can’t we build a hospital or a school instead.”
Indians when in Paris: Look at Eiffel Tower. Why can't we build such structures?
Indians when in New York: Look at Empire State Building. Why can't we build such structures?
Indians when in India: Look at Patel's Statue. Why can't we build a hospital or school instead!
— Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) November 29, 2018
To this, famous Bollywood actor and director, Farhan Akhtar was prompt to clarify that this was a totally false equivalence. He said that,
“The Eiffel Tower and Empire State Buildings were built by individuals using private funds, unlike the Sardar Statue built using public money.”
It’s a false equivalence. Both the Eiffel tower and Empire State Building were built by individuals using private funds. The statue has been built using public money. Here endeth the discussion. https://t.co/hFMbnHhUoc
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 1, 2018
In other story, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath finalised the details for the construction of a 221-metre long statue of Ram in Ayodhya last week. Asserting that the statue will be made of bronze, Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Avaneesh Awasthi said,
“While the height of the Ram statue would be 151 metres, its overhead umbrella would be 20 metres while the pedestal would be 50 metres.”
The BJP-Shiv Sena government in Maharashtra is already making a Rs. 3,700 crore statue of Shivaji Maharaj which will be erected in the middle of the Arabian Sea.
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