NEW DELHI- Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma inspected the ongoing sculpting work of the statue of great military general of the Ahom army, Lachit Barphukan at Ghaziabad.
The Chief Minister visited Ram Sutar Fine Arts Private Limited at Ghaziabad on Saturday evening to oversee the construction of the massive statue of the legendary warrior, which is around 80 metres in height.
The Government of Assam entrusted the prestigious project to Padma Bhushan awardee Ram Vanji Sutar. Chief Minister Dr. Sarma appreciated the eminent sculptor for being so passionate despite his ripe age of 98 years.
The state government went about in its mission to erect a giant statue of Lachit Barphukan, who crushed the formidable Mughals in the great Battle of Saraighat in 1671, following instruction from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the concluding function of the 400th birth anniversary of the great warrior in the national capital in November last year.
Sutar designed the Statue of Unity which is the world’s tallest statue with a height of 182 metres (597 feet), exceeding the Spring Temple Buddha by 54 metres.
The Lachit Barphukan statue is expected to be completed this year.