Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the statue of Vallabhbhai Patel, famously known as Sardar Patel, the first deputy Prime Minister of India today. The statue is situated at Gujarat’s Sadhu Bet island on Narmada River and is touted as the tallest statue in the world. The statue of ‘Iron Man of India’ is also called ‘Statue of Unity’ and it is 182-metre tall. The statue is being built at a cost of Rs 2,389 crore.
Here’s all you need to know about the ‘Statue of Unity’:
- The statue is built by Larsena dn Tourbo (L&T). It has a viewing gallery at the chest level which can accommodate 200 visitors at a time.
- Inside the statue, there will be a museum based on life of Sardar Patel at the base which will have 40,000 documents, 2,000 photographs. From here there are two high-speed lifts which will take people to viewer’s gallery.
- Statue is located on a river island ‘Sadhu Bet’ and is about 3.5km away from the Narmada dam. A 250-meter long bridge is built to increase the connectivity to the island.
- Flowers will be grown on the hillocks adjoining the statue to make the 230-hectare area look like a ‘valley of flowers’.
- The statue will also have a research centre which is again dedicated to Sardar Patel’s life.
- Sardar Patel’s statue is not only twice as large as ‘Statue of Liberty’ in US but also larger than China’s Spring Temple Buddha, which is the largest statue in the world at present.
- PM Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ‘Statue of Unity’ on October 31. PM in 2013 laid the foundation stone for the ambitious project while he was CM of Gujarat state.
- Sardar Patel’s statue will also have a 52-room three-star hotel. Two ‘tent cities’ have also built 250 tents. People visiting the statue can enjoy boat rides on the banks of Narmada river. The state govt is expecting an average of over 15,000 tourists per day.
- Around 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers were deployed by L&T to built the statue.
- A memorial garden is being developed at the base and is also being given a final touch.
- A viewing gallery at a height of 135 metres has been created inside the statue to enable tourists to have a view of the dam and nearby mountain ranges.
- A 17-km-long Valley of Flowers, a tent city for tourists near the statue and a museum dedicated to the life and times of Patel.
- The statue 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 structure.
- The ambitious project cost Rs 2,389 crore. 25,000 tonnes of iron and 90,000 tonnes of cement have been used in its construction. The core of the statue is made up of reinforced concrete, but its surface that gives it a distinct design, has been created using 553 bronze panels – each panel has 10 to 15 micro panels.
- The statue is a three-layered structure. The innermost layer is made of reinforced cement concrete (RCC), comprising two towers 127 metres high that rise till the statue’s chest. The second layer is a steel structure and the third an 8 mm bronze cladding on the surface. The RCC towers, which at the bottom form Patel’s dhoti-clad legs, have two lifts each. Each lift can carry 26 people to the top in just above half a minute.
(Inputs from Agencies)