The world's tallest statue, Statue of Unity, has been included in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's '8 Wonders of SCO' list. The 182-meter tall Statue of Unity located near the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada in Kevadiya colony in Gujarat is a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, independent India's first home minister as well as deputy prime minister.
The towering statue was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V Sutar and was unveiled on 31 October 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It became a tourist magnet since it was launched open for tourists from around the world to visit. In November 2019, the world's tallest statue surpassed the footfall at the 133-year-old Statue of Liberty in the US, with an average of over 15,000 tourists visiting the monument in Gujarat daily.
The Statue's inclusion in the prestigious '8 Wonders of SCO' was announced to the public by Union Minister for External Affairs Dr S Jaishankar who took to Twitter to appreciate SCO's efforts towards the promotion of tourism among the member nations. He asserted that the statue's inclusion in the list will "surely serve as an inspiration". "Appreciated the #SCO's efforts to promote tourism among member states. The "8 Wonders of SCO", which includes the #StatueofUnity, will surely serve as an inspiration," Jaishankar tweeted.