“Sardar Patel’s statue will remind those who question India’s existence that this nation was, is and will remain eternal.” – Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Built in dedication to the famously known Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity stands at a height of about 182 meters. Sardar Patel was a man who served as the first home minister of independent India free from the British bondage. The statue is almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 meters tall) and 23 meters taller than the Spring Temple Buddha statue in China.
Sardar Patel was a great man who united all the 562 princely states in pre-independent India for the goal of building the Republic of India. This is the reason why the statue is named so. Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary is also marked by the date for the inauguration of the statue – October 31, 2018.
The Statue of Unity, since November 3rd, has been open to the public from all parts of the world. If you are anywhere in the world you can book tickets online without any hassle.
The Statue of Unity is located near Rajpipla which is on the Narmada River, on the Sadhu Bet island. It is situated between the Vindhya and Satpura mountain ranges. To connect the statue to Kevadia town in Gujarat, a 3.5 km highway will be used.
Below are a few interesting facts to distinguish the Statue of Unity from other statues in the world:
- Standing at 182 meters, the Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world. It is based at a height of 23 meters, surpassing even China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue. It is also double the height of that of the Statue of Liberty (93 meters tall) in the US.
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- The statue is made to withstand earthquakes, vibration and wind velocity up to 60 m/s.
- It was built by an army of over 3,000 workers, including 300 engineers from infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) .
- In 2010, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat, he had announced the project ahead of civic elections in Ahmedabad. Overall, this statue cost Rs 3,050 crore and was fully funded by the Gujarat government.
- A special purpose vehicle named The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was set up by Modi in 2011. It arranged iron implements from all across the state of about 129 tonnes from nearly 100 million farmers of 169,000 villages. This was done in order to construct the base of the statue in the ‘Loha’ campaign.
- The structure was built by Ram V Sutar who was the Padma Bhushan recipient sculptor and intricate bronze cladding work was done by the Jiangxi Toqine Company (JTQ a Chinese foundry).
- At 153 meters there is a viewing gallery of the statue which can fit 200 people at a time to offer them an expansive view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
- The Statue of Unity comprises of two semi-joined, composite concrete cylindrical cores. It is surrounded by a structural steel space frame in order to support the cladding on the exterior. Reinforcement bars of 18500 metric ton and structural steel of 5700 metric ton were used to build the statue.
- This statue is a structure of three layers. The inside layer is made of reinforced cement concrete (RCC). It comprises of two towers which are 127 meters high that rise till the chest of the statue. The second structure is made of steel and the third is an 8 mm bronze cladding on the surface.
- At the bottom, you’ll find that the RCC towers form Patel’s dhoti-clad legs. They have two lifts each. Each lift can carry the weight of 26 people and make them reach to the top in just above 30 seconds.
- There are speculations that the Statue of Unity stands as a mark of the growing prosperity of India. However, this project has faced stiff opposition from tribals. As reported, their claim is that their lands were taken away for the particular project.
- Gujarat tribal claimed that as many as 75,000 tribals who were adversely affected by the Statue of Unity, went for a strike on that day. That strike was not just limited to offices, commercial establishments or schools, but even households were silent.
- It is also interesting to know that if on one hand, the tribals have revolted against this magnificent structure, on the other they will also benefit immensely. Over 15,000 direct jobs will be generated for them from this project.
And that’s all folks. Anything you’d like to add to the list? Let us know in the comments!