Standing high with pride at the height of 182 meter, this statue is a tribute to the ‘Iron Man of India’, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who united India. Statue of Unity has become the tallest statue of the world.
Here are some interesting facts about Statue of Unity:
- The statue is around twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the USA. Also, five times taller than the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- It is built on Sadhu bet island in the fifth longest river in the Indian subcontinent, Narmada.
- It is built approximately 3.5 kms south of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, which is the second largest concrete gravity dam (in terms of volume) in the world.
- The statue is visible from a radius of 7 kilometres.
- The Statue of Unity has a viewing gallery inside of the chest (which is at the height of 153m). It can hold up to 200 visitors and provides mesmerising view of Narmada Dam.
- The statue has two lifts near the legs, each can carry 26 people.
- It includes a state-of-the-art museum that comprises audio-visual exhibits depicting the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- The site has also Tent City, a luxurious nature resort built in the shadow of the Statue of Unity. The perfect place to experience the beauty of the Narmada Valley, the Tent City can house over 500 tourists in its luxurious facilities.
- ‘Statue of Unity’ is accompanied by the ‘Valley of Flowers’. There is also a laser show on the Unification of India.
- Built over a period of 5 years with the budget of around INR 3000cr and took more than 3,000 workers to construct the statue.
- Under ‘Loha’ campaign, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust was assigned the task for arranging 129 tonnes of iron implements from 100 million farmers in more than 150,000 villages in India.
- The sculptor is carved by the Padma Bhushan awardee Ram V Sutar and the Chinese foundry, Jiangxi Toqine Company done the work of bronze cladding. The final bronze replica, measuring 30 ft, was handed over to L&T.