Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi's dream project 'Statue of Unity' landed in soup after being hit by environmental clearances roadblock on Saturday.
According to media reports, the project on the Narmada river may face an environment ministry roadblock as the project work has begun without mandatory environmental clearances.
Some environmentalists have written a letter to environment secretary V Rajagopalan stating that laying of the foundation stone for the project and starting the work without social and environmental impact assessments will violate the Environment Protection Act, 1986
The 182-meter statue to be erected at Sadhubet is 3.32 km far from Sardar Sarovar dam. The statue will be constructed in remembrance and as a tribute to the ‘iron man of India’ and the architect of united India – Sardar Patel.
In a unique approach, discarded iron farm tools will be collected from the farmers all over India for the making of the statue.