Highlights from PM Narendra Modi's 49th edition of 'Mann ki Baat'

Highlights from PM Narendra Modi's 49th edition of 'Mann ki Baat'

Highlights from PM Narendra Modi's 49th edition of 'Mann ki Baat'

He said, people can visit the world famous holy places like the Sun Temple of Konark, Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri and Chilka Lake along with enjoying the games there.

The Statue of Unity can be visited from 9 am to 6 pm.

The extravagant statue, named The Statue of Unity, has been heavily criticised, with local farmers saying they are struggling to make ends meet.

Located on the Sadhu Bet island on the Narmada, the height of the Statue of Unity (183 metre) is nearly twice that of America's Statue of Liberty (93 metre).

"The Statue of Unity" project was announced by Modi back in 2010 when he was still the chief minister for the state of Gujarat. The state government allocated funds for the project, estimated to cost over $410 million, although monetary support was also provided by the federal government and public donations were requested by the committee overseeing the construction.

Long dry summers and erratic rainfall in India has led to droughts and has shrunk the incomes of farmers in the country.

Patel's figure appears to be wearing a shirt, shawl and loincloth with detailed folds.

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The open letter to PM Modi was signed by several sarpanches (headmen) of the nearby villages situated near the statue also mentions that the destruction of natural resources like forests, rivers, land and agriculture, which has given livelihood to generations over the years is being destroyed and is not a moment to celebrate. The ticket includes entry to the "Valley of Flower", memorial, museum and an audio-visual gallery, SOU site and the Sardar Sarovar Dam.

Final touches are being given to the Statue of Unity, as it is called, built by engineering and infrastructure major L&T on the river Narmada in South Gujarat.

Patel was a member of the Congress Party, which now sits in opposition in India's parliament.

The statue is designed by Noida-based sculptor Ram V Sutar who attempted to match the statue's resemblance with Sardar Patel.

He also became a nationalist symbol for the country after being successful in his efforts to merge small princely states into a unified independent India.

Set to reach a height of 212 meters, this new statue could upstage Modi's dream project.

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