The project was first announced on 7 October 2010. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), a special purpose vehicle was established by the Gujarat government for construction of the statue.The iron needed for the statue and other structures was to be collected from farmers of villages all around India in a form of donation of their used farming instruments. SVPRET set up 36 offices across India to collect these iron instruments wherein over 500,000 Indian farmers were expected to donate. The drive was named the 'Statue of Unity movement'. There was to be three-months-long nationwide campaign to collect iron pieces from 600,000 villages to build the statue. During this period, over 5,000 tonnes of iron were collected. Although it was initially announced that the iron collected will be used for the main statue, it later emerged that the collected iron will not be used in construction of the main statue and will instead be used for some other part of the project.
The Statue of Unity Movement had organized a Suraaj (good governance in Hindi) petition wherein people wrote about their ideas for the good governance. The Suraaj Petition was signed by an estimated 20 million people, which was the world's largest petition signed. A marathon entitled Run For Unitywas held on 15 December 2013 in several places throughout India. The marathon had a large turnout and sign-ups before the event and reported thousands of registrations
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