The 182-metre imposing monument of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty which is located in the US. The 'Statue of Unity' is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat's Narmada district.
It is estimated that the total project cost of the Statue of Unity is about Rs. 2,989 crore. The statue occupies over 20,000 square meters and is surrounded by a 12 square km artificial lake.
The Statue of Unity has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 metric tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the iconic structure.
The Statue of Unity will be able to withstand wind speeds of up to 180 km and also an earthquake of up to 6.5 in richter scale.
A viewing gallery has been created at a height of 135 metres inside the statue to enable tourists to have a view of the dam and nearby mountain ranges.
The Gujarat government will build a highway for tourists to reach the statue from Kevadia town, Gujarat.
The Statue of Unity was sculpted by Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan recipient Ram Vanji Sutar, who also created the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Indian Parliament. "Under the leadership of Ram Sutar ji, the team of wonderful artisans of the country has accomplished this glorious monument of art." said Narendra Modi.
A staggering workforce of 3,400 people worked tirelessly and completed the Statue of Unity in less than 33 months. The 182-metre monumental statue is the tallest statue in the world ahead of iconic and popular statues such as Spring Temple Buddha, China (153m), Statue of Liberty, US (93m), The Motherland Calls, Russis (85m) and Christ the Redeemer, Brazil (40m).
The 182-metre statue is a true tribute to the Iron man of India. The Statue of Unity is 100 times the height of a person who roughly has 6 feet of height.
Standing tall and proud at 182 metres, the 'Statue of Unity' will is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty and nine times to that of the Angel of the North statue. The Statue of Unity is 50 metres taller than China's Spring Temple Buddha statue that was until recently the world’s record holder, at 128 metres.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity on October 31, 2018, on the occasion of 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The Prime Minister dedicated the statue to the nation and said that the monument will be a reminder about the courage of a man who thwarted efforts to disintegrate India. The imposing 182-metre statue of unity is believed to be the tallest in the world. We bring you interesting facts about the Sardar Patel monument
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