Built at a staggering cost of Rs. 2,989 crore, the height of the Sardar Patel statue is 182 metres.
After inaugurating, the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel , the Statue of Unity, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi took no time to strongly criticize those criticizing the decision to build the monument, questioning whether any crime had been committed by constructing such memorials for national heroes?
Really?… Does the Prime Minister really want to know why the very idea of Statue of Unity was criticized?
The reason is simple, the statue costed the country Rs. 3000 crores.
Rupees 3000 crores is not a small amount.
The amount is so huge that there can be no justification in spending that much in a Statue!
To see how big Rs 3000 crore is consider this fact: Uttarakhand government is planning to stop admitting children to private schools under the Right to Education (RTE) Act from 2018-19 academic sessions because of lack of funds with the state Govt. The Central Govt. which is duty bound to provide 90 percent of RTE funds to Special States such as Uttarakhand, provided only a part of the funds for RTE students for 2015-16 and nothing thereafter. As a result the fund-starved state’s liability towards nearly 4,000 unaided schools in Uttarakhand reached to Rs. 100 crore in cumulative dues — tuition and annual fee — for the students they had admitted under the RTE Act. So dues of Rs. 100 crore can put a brake on subsidized education for children in Uttarakhand.
As far as the statues of National Heroes is concerned, then the size of the statue is not indicative of people’s respect for their Hero!