Sardar Patel Statue of Unity inauguration: World’s tallest statue is an engineering marvel: The statue of Unity or Sardar Patel’s statue which is the world’s tallest statue is now finally complete and will be inaugurated during the Gala function on Wednesday. Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi will inaugurate it on 31st October 2018, he is the one who had laid the foundation stone for the project on 31 October 2013 while he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. National Unity Day 2018 Quotes
Sardar Patel Statue of Unity Inauguration
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who is known as the iron man of India, who played a very important role in giving freedom to our country India from British Raj is going to have his 140th birth anniversary on 31st October. On giving him honour on his birth anniversary, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was established by the Government of Gujarat for the construction of his statue which was started from 31st October 2013.
The statue is double the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York and it is not only the tallest statue in the world but also the one to be completed in the shortest notice while other monuments of the world like China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue took 11 years to be completed. The statue of Unity is near the Narmada Dam in Gujarat and is of 182-metre height. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas 2018 Messages
PM To Unveil Sardar Patel’s 2,900-Crore Statue Of Unity
Here are some interesting features and factor of the ‘The giant Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat:
- The statue is dedicated to Sardar Patel and is designed by Ram V. Sutar and built by Larsen & Toubro Ltd at the estimated cost of ₹ 2,989 crore (US$ 420 million), by the Government of India.
- The giant Statue of Unity is located facing the Narmada Dam and surrounded by the Satpura and Vindhyachal hills.
- The giant Statue of Unity is located in Gujarat and is the tallest Statue of all time with 182 metres (597 ft.) and including base it is 240 metres (790 ft.) high.
- The Statue of Unity is made up of steel framing, reinforced concrete and bronze cladding material. The amount of material used in the interior is concrete cement (180,000 cubic metres), reinforced steel (18,500 tonnes) and structured steel (6,500 tonnes). 1,700 tonnes of bronze and 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding on the exterior.
- Around 135 metric tons of iron was imported from lakhs of villages all over India in order to complete the project.
- There are two high-speed elevators for passengers in the statue which can take the tourists or passengers up to the viewing gallery, which is constructed in the chest of the statue, which can accommodate 200 tourists at a time.
- For the better ease, the government of Gujarat is also building a 3.5km long highway from Kevadia town for the tourists to reach the statue.
- The government has tried to build an entire ecosystem of tourism with a three-star hotel, museum and audio visual gallery.
- For designing the “Iron Man” statue, Noida-based sculptor Ram V. Sutar was appointed who designed the statue. For this process, around 2,000 photographs were studied and he took special care to certify that the statue’s face look similar to Patel’s facial structures.
- The construction of the Sardar Patel statue was not so easy it had its own engineering challenges, it not only have challenges due to its height but also because of its location which is in the middle of the Narmada River. The walking pose of the statue was also an issue as it can easily get damaged due to some natural calamities but engineers somehow managed to design the statue which withstand winds of almost 180km/hour and earthquakes measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale.