Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest 182 meters engineering marvel, the height is not only the phoenix but also the engineering astonishment to complete in a record time of 33 months. The Statue of Unity is the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.
Sardar Patel’s statue or the Statue of Unity is located near the Narmada Dam in the Gujarat state of India. The foundation stone for the project was laid by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 31st October 2013, and the statue was inaugurated on 31st October 2018 on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary.
Here are some interesting facts about the Statue of Unity as below:
1: Development Cost, Time and Material
The Statue of Unity is built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Ltd at a cost of ₹ 2989 crore. The structure is made up of 180,000 cubic meters cement and concrete, 18,500 tones reinforced steel and 6,500 tones structured steal at its interior, also 1,700 tones bronze and 1,850 tones bronze cladding on its exterior.
The Statue of Unity took 33 months to complete which is a world record of fastest development of any statue, while China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue took 11 years.
2: Loha Campaign
Government of India introduced a campaign named “Loha Campaign” with pan India presence to collect farming iron equipment as a contribution from the farmers of India to build the statue of the ‘Iron Man’ of India. Under this campaign, around 135 metric tons of iron was sourced from lakhs of villages all over India.
3: World’s Tallest Statue 182 Meters
The statue of unity is the world’s tallest statue, the double-height of the Statue of Liberty in New York. Suppose if you are about 5.6 feet tall, the Statue of Unity is 100 times larger than you, isn’t it marvelous?
4: Bird’s Eye View
The Statue of Unity is a notion as a naturalistic illustration of India’s Iron Man Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It has two high-speed elevators to take up the visitors at observation deck which is at chest height of the statue, one can get a bird’s eye view of the Narmada River and the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The observation deck can accommodate 200 visitors at a time.
5: The Statue Base
At the base of the statue, there is an Exhibition Hall and audio-visual gallery, which exhorts the life and accomplishments of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Along with this, the base contains a meditative memorial garden on its roof.
6: Engineering Challenges
The construction of the Statue of Unity was full of challenges at its every stage, apart from its height concern, the location of the statue was primus challenge as it is in the middle of the Narmada River. The engineers designed the statue to withstand wind of 180 Km per hour and earthquakes up to the intensity of 6.5 on the Richter scale.
7: Face of ‘Iron Man’
To ensure the statue resembles as Sardar Patel, en expert’s team consulted several Historians and people who ever seen the Sardar Patel. Along with this, more than 2,000 photographs from different archives were studied to achieve the exact face shape of Sardar Patel, and resultant the statue appears as The Iron Man is walking on the river towards the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
8: Memorial and other Visiting Centers
The government of India has tried to develop an entire ecosystem of tourism infrastructure, containing three-star hotel, Museum, Audio and Visual Gallery, Garden, Boat Dock, Ramp and Service areas, Bus Arrival and Departure section and many more.
9: Main Bridge
The Statue of Unity is constructed on islet known as Sadhu Islet which is in the middle of the Narmada River, a 320 meter long and 26 meters wide architecturally beautiful bridge connects the Sadhu Islet to the mainland. The boat ride option is also available to reach the statue.
10: Selfie Point
Keeping the latest trends in mind the engineers have designed Selfie Pints for visitors to provide the vantage point of photography with the Statue of Unity.