Two terms can define The Statue of Unity at the moment-Majesty and Controversy. The Gujarat government has surprised all the citizens with this massive structure named as The Statue of Unity-the world’s tallest statue, built to honor the memory of iconic leader and architect of United India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel .The Statue that demands to bring pride to the country is located in Gujarat’s Narmada district and is 3.5 km away from Kevadia town and about 200 km from Ahmadabad.
Pride of Nation
The world’s highest statue is not only being called as a form of tribute to the Iron Man of India, but also termed as ‘Pride of Nation’. The statue is estimated to remain as it is for 1000 years. The Statue promises to continue contributing to the national income of India through tourism for 10 centuries. It is also believed that The Statue will help in increasing tourism income and a large area with Hotels, transport and other services will be developing at a progress.
Thousands of people in Narmada District and nearby areas will get employment opportunity directly or indirectly. It is estimated that more than 10 Lakh tourists will visit the Statue of Unity every year. This will help in generating huge income from tourism and transportation and other services. Entire money spent on the construction is expected to be recovered in the next 35-40 years.
Since the moment the Statue has been unveiled, many Social Activists, environment activists and political parties have stated the initiative as wastage of Money especially for a country like India. They are of the view that the money could have been utilized in other important purposes like
women’s safety, education and agricultural schemes. They have also mentioned that instead of putting in the money in the construction of statue, the money could have gone to address these problems of common people.
Before the unveiling of the Statue, voices of protests have come from various sectors and platforms. The farmers and tribal’s of Gujarat protested against the unveiling of the statue. They are said to be unhappy with the cost of the project and various concerns like rehabilitation efforts and water shortages in the catchment area where the statue is located.
The statue’s construction has affected 75,000 tribals across 72 villages in Gujarat’s Narmada district, NDTV reported on October 20, 2018. Of these villages, 32 have been most affected. No doubt the Statue of Unity is a matter of pride for our country, for being the host of tallest statue of the world. But is it worth all the praises it has garnered and the money wasted behind it? It is really a matter of concern.
When Indians are experiencing so much of natural calamities and daily problems of water scarcity and rehabilitation, would not it stir your conscience to witness such an extravagance? Should not the government show concern regarding the other challenges and address those first than investing their valuable time and money on attracting tourists? Do think.