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Gujarat team visits Jamshedpur, sports stars felicitated

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Jamshedpur: A 16-member team from Gujarat, including legislators and government officials, arrived in Steel City on Wednesday to garner support for the ‘Run for Unity’, a pan India programme for spreading awareness on Statue of Unity to be erected in Gujarat.

The team led by Deputy Speaker, Gujarat Assembly, Mangubhai Patel, informed that the team during its day-longyt stay in city interacted with people of social organizations, community clubs and business outfit and appealed them to take part in the ‘Run for Unity’ programme scheduled on December 15, at 565 places across the country.

In Jamshedpur ‘Run for Unity’ will be organized from Modi Park to Aam Bagan on the December 15, death anniversary of Sardar Patel, one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India.

The local unit of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), a special purpose vehicle established by the Gujarat government for construction of the statue, will visit all 32000 villages in Jharkhand to collect old iron instruments and mud from the respective village for the statue, following the Run for Unity.

“The contribution of the mud and iron instruments at the village level will instill a sense of attachment (towards the statue) among those who contributes,” said Patel.

According to a member of the visiting team, the Rs. 2500 crore statue that will be erected at Sadhu Bet which is situated at a distance of 3.32km from Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat, will be built in about three years from now.

The team informed that total height of the statue from its base will be 240 metre consisting base level of 58 metre and statue of 182 meter.

It will be constructed with steel framing, reinforced cement concrete and bronze coating.

The Gujarat team said that the statue, foundation of which was laid by Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on October 31, this year will about double the height of Statue of Liberty.

“Sardar Patel played a vital role in uniting princely states after India got freedom and his statue would be symbolic in India’s unity in diversity,” said Patel.

Earlier in the day the team felicitated various sports personalities of the city at an event organized at Town hall in Sidhgora. Boxer Aruna Mishra, cricketer Saurabh Tiwary, archer, PurminaMahato, mountaineer, Premlata Agarwal and cyclist Indrajeet Singh were felicitated by the team.

Aruna and Surabah’s parents received the memento, respectively in the absence of the duo.

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