United kingdom MP calls concept of constructing Statue of unity 'NONSENSE'

Most nations have hailed India's achievement of constructing the tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, however, Britain, which ruled India for over 200 years, thinks India's concept of constructing the 182-meter statue of unity was a "total nonsense". The British country donated over 1.17 billion pounds (over Rs 9,492 crore) to India as an overseas useful resource in the path of over five years it took to construct the huge bronze statue on a bend of the Narmada River in Gujarat. Although budget has been given for various social projects, which includes women's rights issues, renewable energy projects, and to encourage "religious tolerance", the United Kingdom leaders suppose it should not have done so as India could have easily afforded money for such tasks had it not invested around Rs 3,000 crore on the 2,000-tonne statue.

Its members of Parliament are of the view that if India can afford to spend over Rs 2,989 crore on constructing the statue of the freedom fighter, which is twice the height of the state of Liberty in the US, Britain should not provide the budget to India at all.

"To take 1.1 billion pounds in resource from us and then at the identical time spend 330 million pounds on a statue is a total nonsense and it is the sort of issue that drives people mad," Conservative party MP Peter Bone stated on November 2, reported Daily Mail.

He introduced that the UK should do away with giving aids to India. "It is up to them how they spend their money but if they can afford this statue, then it is truly a country we should not need to be giving the useful resource to," said the Tory Parliamentarian.

As in line with the record, the United Kingdom donated 300 million pounds to India in the year 2012 when the project was started. India received 268 million pounds in 2013, 278 million pounds in 2014, and 185 million pounds in 2015.

Reviews in the British country believe that given that India is the world's quickest developing economy, and is the world leader on numerous fronts, including commercial enterprise and space, it should no longer be given foreign aids. They preserve that India already gives extra money to several poorer countries across the world than it receives as foreign donations, despite having a huge majority of the population living in poverty.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the world's tallest statue on October 31 on the statesman's 143rd birth anniversary. The Statue of Unity was built by construction and engineering company, Larsen & Toubro Ltd, on the islet of Sadhu bet. At 182 metre, the mammoth replica of Sardar Patel is the world's tallest statue, leaving at the back of america's Statue of Liberty (93 metre), Japan's Ushiku Daibutsu (120 metre) and even China's Spring Temple Buddha (153 metre) statues. The statue has been constructed to resist winds of 180km/hour and earthquakes of up to 6.5 Richter scale.

Edited Source BusinessToday

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