The Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Governance Authority (SOUADTGA) recently issued a tender to resume the suspended helicopter joyride services at the Statue of Unity.
About Statue of Unity:
- It was created as a tribute to the ‘Iron Man of India’, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- Location: It is Located in Gujarat, by the banks of River Narmada on the River Island of Sadhu Bet overlooking the Narmada Dam.
- Height: The statue, 182-metre tall, is described as the world’s tallest as it exceeds the height of China’s Spring Temple Buddha by 177 feet.
- The statue was built by Indian construction major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar.
Key facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel:
- He was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress during the struggle for Indian independence.
- He was born on 31st October 1875, in Nadiad, Gujarat.
- Patel first made his mark in 1918, when he planned mass campaigns of peasants, farmers, and landowners of Kaira, Gujarat, against the decision of the Bombay government to collect the full annual revenue taxes despite crop failures caused by heavy rains.
- He was so influenced by Gandhiji's ideas that in the year 1920, in the non-cooperation movement, he adopted indigenous Khadi items and started boycotting foreign clothes.
- Patel led the Satyagraha movement in Nagpur in 1923 against the British law of banning the hoisting of the Indian Flag.
- In 1928 Patel successfully led the landowners of Bardoli in their resistance against increased taxes.
- His efficient leadership of the Bardoli campaign earned him the title of sardar (“leader”).
- He was appointed as the first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India from 1947 to 1950.
- He is highly credited for the peaceful integration of the princely Indian states into the Indian Union and the political unification of India.
Q1) Who was known as the Iron man of India?
Sardar Patel is known as the iron man of India. He was a political and freedom leader in India's freedom struggle.