BJP PM candidate and Gujarat CM Narendra Modi flagged off around 1,000 trucks, which will go to various parts of the country for 'iron tool collection' from seven-lakh villages for the construction of the gigantic statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
"These trucks carrying about three-lakh empty kit boxes would visit the villages to collect soil and scrap-iron farm implements.
On an island called 'Sadhu Pet' in the middle of the Narmada river, near Bharuch in Gujarat, 182 metres tall 'Statue of Unity' will . The total height from the base will be 240 metre, which includes base level of 58 metre. The statue work will be completed in four years.
To built this statue, the iron will be collected from the farmers from all parts of India. From each and every village, a part of iron will be collected, whose weight will not be more than 1 kg, so that it won't be burden on farmers as well as it will also symbolise their unity and will be a collective tribute to Patel.
Some of the agricultural iron will be utilised to built a boundary and other structures around the statue, in an artistic manner. The statue will face the Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia. As part of the Sardar Sarovar Nigam project, a 400 feet long observation deck will be constructed, where 200 people would be able to view the spectacular statue.
On 31st Oct this year, which is also the 138th birth anniversary of the "Iron Man of India", Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of his dream project- to erect world's tallest statue of the great leader.