It will be more than 50 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha, the world's current record holder, at 128 metres. The statue is conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in his traditional garb in a walking pose. The "Statue of Unity", which is located in Gujarat's Sadhu-Bet Island, occupies over 20,000 square meters and is surrounded by a 12 square kilometre artificial lake.
He said every decision of his government was being taken to ensure that the fruits of development reached the most vulnerable, without any corruption or favouritism, just as Sardar Patel would have wanted.
The Statue of Unity was designed as an accurate representation of Patel wearing his normal clothes and in a walking stance.
The statue depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India's first Home Minister, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over river Narmada. Considering the tourist traffic, the statue and surrounding area are only to be accessed by special boats to avoid vehicular traffic and pollution. "To build the Statue of Unity, lakhs of farmers from all over India came together, gave their tools, portions of soil and thus, a mass movement started".
In an article sent to several newspapers on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, describing him as a great unifier and the maker of modern India. Laid end to end, the statue's pieces would stretch over a quarter of the way around the world. Hundreds of Chinese have been among the 3,500 workers. It is made up of almost 100,000 tonnes of concret and steel.
"You would surely ask, on whose land would this statue stand?" It offers a spectacular view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges.
The project also includes a memorial park at the base of the statue, a visitor facilitation centre and a reception desk.
But Modi, who will unveil the statue, said: "In the world, people talk about America's Statue of Liberty".
How does one visit the Statue of Unity?
The Gujarat government-led celebrations gripped the State under Ekta Yatra, which spread awareness about Sardar Patel, the statue and the event being held at Kevadia on Wednesday. Tickets can be booked online via the official website of the Statue of Unity.