Update at 12:10 PM: Prime Minister Modi visits the Sardar Patel Museum after the inauguration ceremony of the Statue of Unity
Update at 11:29 AM: PM Modi concludes his address at the inauguration ceremony of the Statue of Unity
Update at 11:20 AM: Sardar Patel wanted India to be strong, sensitive, alert and inclusive. All our efforts are in the direction of fulfilling this dream: PM Modi
Update at 11:08 AM: 'Statue of Unity is the symbol of our engineering and technological capabilities. Workers, craftsmen have worked on mission mode every day for nearly three and a half years': PM Modi
Update at 10:50 AM: Sardar Patel ensured that India is not broken into pieces: PM Modi addresses inauguration ceremony of the Statue of Unity
Update at 10:45 AM: Today will be remembered as an important day in India's history. From the earth to the skies, Sardar Patel is being celebrated today When I had conceived of this as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, I hadn't imagined that I would, as Prime Minister, have the honour of inaugurating it: Prime Minister Modi
Update at 10:40 AM: The whole country is celebrating the National Unity Day, in the memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: PM Modi addresses inauguration ceremony of the tallest statue in the world
Update at 10:36 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses inauguration ceremony of the tallest statue in the world - India's tribute to 'Iron Man' Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Update at 10:35 AM: Visuals from the inauguration ceremony of the 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 10:30 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the 'Statue of Unity' and pays tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Update at 10:25 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is at the inauguration ceremony of the 'Statue of Unity
Update at 10:15 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is being felicitated with flower bouquet at the venue of the 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 9:30 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with staff at the 'Tent City'
Update at 9:20 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the 'Tent City' in Kevadia, Gujarat ahead of the unveiling of the 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 9:15 AM: Here are some of the statues that the 'Statue of Unity' dedicated to Sardar Patel will supercede in terms of height:
Update at 9:08 AM: Glimpses of the ‘Statue of Unity’ that will be dedicated to the nation shortly by PM Modi
Update at 9:05 AM: Post our freedom movement, Sardar Patel worked hard to get more than 550 princely states together to make India one. It's only right that we remember him today: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman flags of Run For Unity in Tamil Nadu's Chennai.
Update at 9:00 AM: PM Modi visits the Tent City (accommodation facility)
Update at 8:50 AM: Cultural events are going on at the Valley of Flowers ahead of the unveiling of the iconic 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 8:45 AM: Prime Minister Modi inaugurates the Valley of Flowers
Update at 8:35 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits the Valley of Flowers ahead of the unveiling of the 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 8:30 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Kevadia, Gujarat to unveil the 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 8:08: Sardar Patel unified the country and led the youngsters of the country. Sardar Patel was an icon of the country: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad
Update at 7:41 AM: Union Ministers Prakash Javdekar, Harsh Vardhan, as well as sportspersons Mary Kom, Dipa Karmakar and others are present at the event where Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Rajnath Singh flagged off 'Run for Unity'
Update at 7:36 AM: Home Minister Rajnath Singh flags off 'Run for Unity' in Delhi on the day when Sardar Patel statue will be inaugurated.
Update at 8:33 PM: Laser light show at the 'Statue of Unity'
Update at 8:29 PM: Republic TV has accessed the Prime Minister's full schedule planned to mark the unveiling of the Statue of Unity:
Gazing down at the Sardar Sarovar Dam and located on a Narmada river island called Sadhu Bet, the Statue of Unity, a colossal monument dedicated to India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, October 31. The day marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, the Ironman of India, whose contribution towards assimilating over a hundred princely states, towns, regions, kingdoms and other such into the union of the newly established Republic of India is impossible to overstate. The monument's name is thus fitting, and so is its status as the world's tallest statue.
Here are some facts about the 'Statue of Unity':
"The Statue will stand high, not just in meters and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values. My vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come", reads a message by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the official website of the 'Statue of Unity'.
Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project on October 31, 2013, when he was still the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Its work order was given to engineering and construction major L&T on December 3, 2014, and it was scheduled to be completed within 42 months.