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Statue of Unity, the world’s highest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 ft), dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence. It is not only a tribute to the Iron Man of India, but also is the first such tourist attraction located in India and is termed ‘Pride of Nation’. The project, statue of unity was first announced in 2010 and the construction of statue started in October 2013 by Larsen & Toubro, who received the contract for ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million). It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar, and was inaugurated and unveiled by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31 October 2018, the 143rd anniversary of Patel’s birth. During the first 11 days of its opening, the monument has already been visited by around 1.3 lakh tourists. It is estimated that more than 10 Lakh tourists will visit the Statue of Unity every year.