India unveils world’s tallest statue

October 31, 2018

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.