India’s Statue of Unity, dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, made headlines for being the tallest statue in the world, after it was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 1. However, Andhra Pradesh government has joined the race to build the tallest structure in the world after Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu stated that the proposed state Assembly building to be constructed at Amravati will be taller than the Statue of Unity in Gujarat.
The finalised proposal of the Assembly building is taller than the Statue of Unity by 68 metres, as per media reports. The three-floor assembly building will have a 250-metre tower taller than the 182-metre Statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The blueprint of the design finalized by Chandrababu Naidu will be submitted to the state government by UK-based Norma Fosters. Speaking to the media, Minister of municipal administration P Narayana stated that the proposed building will be shaped like an upside-down Lily flower. Furthermore, the construction of the assembly building will begin by the end of November.
It appears like the Statue of Unity has initiated a strange race across the country to build taller structures than it. Earlier, Karnataka's coalition government had put forward a new proposal of building a 125 ft statue worth Rs 1200 crores of 'Cauvery Mata' at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district. Moreover, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also announced to construct a statue of Lord Ram as tall as 201 metres in Ayodhya.
In Rajasthan, India is all set to get a massive statue of Lord Shiva named as the Shiva Murti which will be at a height of 351 feet. It is scheduled to be completed by 2019 at Nathdwara town.
The Statue of Unity, honouring Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, has become a global topic of discussion for being the tallest statue in the world, surpassing several prominent statues including the Statue of Liberty in New York.