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India to build world's largest statue

Posted on Saturday, 2 November, 2013 | Comment icon 34 comments

The statue will measure a whopping 597ft in height. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Zgpdszz
Authorities have come under fire over plans to spend huge sums on money on the construction of a statue.
The 597ft behemoth known as the 'Statue of Unity' will honor Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first deputy prime minister. With a completion time of 42 months and costs totaling almost half a billion dollars, the statue will tower over the current record holder, the 502ft tall China’s Spring Temple Buddha.

The new statue will be constructed on a small island near the Narmada Dam with a bridge, garden and amusement park nearby. Officials believe that the spectacle will significantly boost tourism in the region, however critics have argued that the move has ulterior political motives.

Decisions by officials to spend vast fortunes on tributes to past leaders is nothing new in the country. Mayawati, the former chief of Uttar Pradesh, was said to have spent over half a billion dollars on statues.

At a time when large numbers of people in India still live in poverty, the decision to spend vast sums of money on such seemingly frivolous pursuits has generated a substantial backlash from critics who believe that the funds would be better spent elsewhere.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (34)

Tags: India, Statue

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #25 Posted by OverSword on 5 November, 2013, 23:24
And does anyone go to America simply to see the statue of liberty? Anyone going to India to see this statue would have been going there anyway. You're opinion I believe is wrong.
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 6 November, 2013, 1:16
I think potentially tens of thousands fly into New York from Europe and overseas JUST to see the Statue of Liberty. Mount Rushmore is another example. Millions and millions of dollars in tourist money comes into that area from that monument. It would be foolish to believe that people come as tourists to NY and say, "Well... Let's NOT see the Statue of Liberty. Because after all, it is just a statue.". Even if it takes 50 years to get back the half billion, everything after that is profit. Anyway, I did not mean to SAY that they should build the monument, I said that I belie... [More]
Comment icon #27 Posted by mike72 on 7 November, 2013, 1:13
I have been to India, and yes there are rich people there, but there is also much more poor people. And when i say much more and i mean unbelievable poor. What i saw in that country made me sick. I have traveled to many places in the world, but i never saw such poverty. People living in filth. They spend money on a space program and tall statues? WTF? I think they want to cover up their poverty by saying look we can afford this, so we are rich, don't worry about us. But they still take aid from developed nations. Shame, shame on you India.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Eldorado on 7 November, 2013, 6:54
If they build it like they build their garment factories it will be like one buckled Statue of Liberty with three others collapsed on top of it.
Comment icon #29 Posted by Frank Merton on 7 November, 2013, 7:10
I think you are a little short-sighted. Handing out money to the poor achieves little; putting them to work building things and generating things of community cohesion and travel interest achieves more. As a percent of India's budget this is minor and has potential. Of course it may also be a boondoggle -- I would have to learn a lot more of the details to be sure -- but on the surface I would not automatically oppose it.
Comment icon #30 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 9 November, 2013, 7:39
Comment icon #31 Posted by taniwha on 9 November, 2013, 8:16
“We built tall buildings, but we have not become any taller.” Dejan Stojanovic, The Sun Watches the Sun
Comment icon #32 Posted by LimeGelatin on 11 November, 2013, 23:34
Sounds like this could be a new wonder of the modern world...
Comment icon #33 Posted by little_dreamer on 12 November, 2013, 0:37
What happens if they build it, then find out about some hidden scandal regarding the person that the statue represents?
Comment icon #34 Posted by DieChecker on 12 November, 2013, 1:00
They'll simply invite some of the Taliban over from Afghanistan. They have a long history of blowing up giant statues.

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