Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the ‘Statue of Unity’ at Kevadiya in Gujarat today. The 182-metre statue of Vallabhbhai Patel will be “dedicated to the nation” on his birth anniversary in Narmada district of Gujarat. At the launch ceremony, the prime minister will pour soil and water from the river Narmada into an urn, a release from his office said.
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Check out all that you need to know about India’s tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- The Statue of Unity, celebrating the Iron Man of India’s life, stands tall at 182 metres above the Narmada river. The height of the statue is more than double the Statue of Liberty which stands at 93 metres off the coast of New York City and four times that of the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.
- Located on a river island called ‘Sadhu Bet’, the Statue of Unity is about 3.5 km away from the Narmada dam. A 250-metre long bridge provides connectivity to the island.
- The ambitious project cost Rs 2,389 crore (Rs 23.89 billion). 25,000 tonnes of iron and 90,000 tonnes of cement have been used in its construction. Nearly 3,400 labourers and 250 engineers worked round-the-clock at the site of the statue on Sadhu Bet island on the Narmada river.
— ANI (@ANI) October 31, 2018
- 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, with each panel having 10 to 15 micro panels.
- The first phase of the project is spread across 19,000 square metres area. Flowers will be grown on the hillocks adjoining the statue to make the 230-hectare area look like a “valley of flowers”.
- The statue has been created by the renowned sculptor, Ram Vanji Sutar. The 93 year old, who has given India over 8,000 sculptures, has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri.
- To accommodate tourists in this tribal-dominated area, the state government is also constructing a 52-room three-star hotel and two “tent cities” with 250 tents. These facilities are currently under construction.
— BJP (@BJP4India) October 31, 2018
- In the second phase, Garudeshwar weir will be constructed around 14-kms downstream the statue, with the facility of boat ride for the public. The museum will have 40,000 documents, 2,000 photographs and a research centre dedicated to Sardar Patel’s life.
- The construction of the statue faced criticism from several quarters, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, as the bronze panels were cast at a foundry in China. For a government that promotes ‘Make In India’, the bronze panels for the statue were cast at a foundry in China. Scores of Chinese workers were reportedly spotted at the construction site.
- As India’s first Home Minister, Sardar Patel was instrumental in ensuing the merger of 585 princely states and kingdoms across the country after Independence. About 15,000 tourists are expected to visit the statue daily. Ironically, when he was alive, the Sardar was against the building of statues and memorials to glorify leaders.
— CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) October 31, 2018