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Construction on world's tallest statue to begin in India

Published on Oct 31, 2013 3:05 PM
 
A still image from a video shows an artist's rendering of a statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, to be constructed in the western Indian state of Gujarat, in this handout provided by Information Department Gujarat State on Thursday, Oct 31, 2013. Construction is set to begin in India on Thursday for the world's tallest statue, which will stand twice the size of the Statue of Liberty and be made out of melted-down metal and farming equipment. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

AHMEDABAD, India (AFP) - Construction is set to begin in India on Thursday for the world's tallest statue, which will stand twice the size of the Statue of Liberty and be made out of melted-down metal and farming equipment.

The tribute to Mr Sadar Patel, the first home minister of independent India who was nicknamed "Iron Man", is set to rise 182 metres from a rocky river island in western Gujarat state.

Once completed it will be the world's biggest, more than four times higher than the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro.

Opposition leader Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is to lay the foundation stone on Thursday, Mr Patel's birthday.

 
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