India is pride to have the world’s tallest statue – The Statue of Unity. It was inaugurated on 31st October 2018 (143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel) by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Here are some facts about the statue that you must know
- The statue is 23m taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha Statue which is currently the second tallest statue in the world. It is almost twice the height of the world famous Statue of Liberty in New York.
- Larsen and Toubro (L&T) company was given the contract to build the statue. A total of 300 workers including 300 engineers and 3 and a half years went into building it.
- The statue was built by Ram V Sutar who has the honour of Padma Bhushan.The intricate bronze work was done by Jiangxi Toqine Company (JTQ), a Chinese foundry.
- The viewing gallery of the statue gives the view of Sardar Sarovar Dam and can accommodate around 200 people.
- The RCC towers (which form the legs of the statue) have two lifts each and each lift can take 26 people to the top within 30 seconds.
- The statue can withstand earthquakes and severe wind velocity (up to 60 m/s).
- There are a total of three layers in the structure. The innermost layer is built with reinforced cement concrete (RCC). The second layer is of steel and the third layer is bronze cladding.
- The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) set up in 2011 organized the ‘Loha’ campaign to collect iron implements from 100 million farmers in more than 1 lakh villages across states. This iron was used in construction of the base.
- The project was announced in 2010 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was then the Chief Minister of Gujarat. A total of Rs. 3,050 crores went into completing the project and the amount was fully funded by the State Government of Gujarat.
- The structure is divided into 4 zones. Zone 1 will have the museum and a memorial garden. The Zone 2 extends to the statue’s thighs. Zone 3 goes up to the viewing gallery and can accommodate around 200 people. Zone 4 comprising the head and shoulders of the statue is not accessible to visitors.