The Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (1875-1950) who was India’s first Home Minister and architect of united India. It is the statue of Indian statesman and founder father Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel wearing a traditional dhoti and Shawl. The tallest statue was inaugurated by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31st which was the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Here are some facts about the Statue of Unity which you need to know.
-The Statue is located on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada near to the Rajpipia which is 100 kilometers southeast of the city of Vadodara.
-The Statue of Unity is designed by the Indian Sculptor Ram Vanji
-And was built by the Larsen & Toubro in a period of 33 months. Its construction was started on 31 October 2014 and completed in the mid-October 2018.
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-The statue was built using 70,000 tonnes of cement and 24,000 tonnes of steel and about 1700 tonnes of bronze.
-It is the world tallest statue with a height from its base is 790ft with a base of 190 ft and statue of 597 ft.
-The construction of this statue costs about Rs. 2,989 crore which was funded by the State and Central government through Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust(SVPRET).
-A total of 250 engineers and 3,700 workers were engaged in the construction of this tallest statue.
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-The expression, posture and pose justify the dignity, confidence, iron will, and kindness which the Sardar Patel carry in his personality. In the statue, the head is up and a shawl is flung from his shoulder and his hands are on the side. It seems that he is set to walk.
-The statue surface contains 553 bronze panels in which each panel has 10-15 micro-panels which were made at a Chinese foundry. And the metal scraps were collected from the 6 lakh villages under the ‘Loha Campaign’ from across the country.
-The Statue of Unity is built by the use of the two 250-tonne tuned mass dampers which ensure maximum stability to the sculpture such that the statue can withstand wind up to 130 kilometers per hour and earthquakes measuring up to 6.5 on Richter scale.
-The final bronze replica from Sutar measuring 30 feet was scanned into electronic data and then.it is finally converted into a data grid for the 182 m design. Then, it was cast with the bronze cladding.
-This monument is divided into five zones out of which three are accessible to the public. Zone 1 is from the Base to sins which include an exhibition area, mezzanine and roof containing a memorial garden and Zone 2 are up to Sardar Patel thighs. Zone 3 extends up to viewing gallery and Zone 4 is the maintenance area. The last Zone 5 comprises of head and shoulder.
-The statue also has two-high capacity elevators with a speed of 4 meters per second to reach the viewing platform at 153 meters.
-The foundation stone was laid in October 2013 by the then Gujrat Chief Minister Narendra Modi (now PM of the country). And, now it is inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31st and it will be open for public view from November 1, 2018.
-The pricing of the ticket is Rs.120 for an adult and Rs.350 to enter the viewing gallery.
-A maximum of 15,000 tourists/day is expected to come here.