India unveils world’s tallest statue
2018-10-31 at 14:23
India has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, which cost 29.9bn rupees to build.
The 182m high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the “statue of unity” would serve as a major tourist attraction.
But locals say this is as a wastage of public money and that the funds could have been put to better use.
Modi, who unveiled the statue at a grand inaugural event, said it is “a symbol of India’s integrity and resolve.”
The statue has become a rallying point for local farmers who are demanding compensation for land that they say has been acquired by the government for various projects, including the construction of the memorial.