The world's tallest statue is being built in India by Indian opposition leader Narendra Modi. The statue will depict Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who was first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's deputy and his interior minister. According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 30), it is going to be built on a river island in Gujarat, the home state of both Patel and Modi.
The statue itself will measure 182 meters and cost about $338 million. It is going to be made of iron and bronze and for a comparison it will be twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty. The efforts to build it are seen as mostly political, with the opposition party trying to gain a foothold against the Congress party and the Nehru-Gandhi family that has run it for years.
With 400 million people in the country living in poverty, an extravagant expense such as this one seems out of place. That hasn't stopped Modi from moving forward with the construction and the groundbreaking ceremony is set to take place on Thursday (Oct. 31). Soon after that, most of the world is going to learn who Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was if they don't already know.
Just how long it will take to construct the world's tallest statue hasn't been revealed yet.
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