A satellite visual of the Statue of Unity, world's tallest statue was shared by the American company, Planet Lab on Twitter on Saturday. The statue of the "Iron Man' of India is visible from space.
Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018, on the banks of the river Narmada. it was unveiled on Patel's 143rd birthday.
The height of the statue is 182 metres (597 ft). It is located on the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada in Kevadiya colony in Gujarat.
The statue had received criticism previously from several local tribes like the Tadvi tribe. They opposed the land acquisition for the development of tourism infrastructure around the statue. While they were offered cash and land compensation and were given jobs, criticism also came in from activists such as Medha Patkar. There were also reports that the Sadhu Bet (another name for the statue of unity) was originally called Varata Bawa Tekri, named after a local deity, and so it was a site of religious importance.
The cost of construction of the statue was Rs 2,989 crores. The project was made with the intention of it being "Gujarat's tribute to the nation".