Who doesn’t know about the great Statue of Unity? This iconic structure of Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi on his 143rd birth anniversary. It is crowned as the world’s largest statue which is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty.
The Statue of Unity was built in the honor of India’s first home minister Shri Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Being India’s first home minister, Sardar Patel played a key role in the integration of 552 princely states.Who made it?
Statue of Unity was designed by Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan receiver Ram Vanji Sutar who also created the Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Indian Parliament.
This great structure was built by L&T which is an Indian Construction company. While the bronze cladding was made by Chinese foundry Jiangxi Tongqing Metal Handicrafts or TQ Art foundry which was chosen by L&T itself. Apart from that, the contract for the steel framework was taken by Malaysia-based Eversendai which are well-known for constructing Dubai’s famous Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa.How was it built?
First, the bronze replica of the statue was created by Sutar which was later scanned into electronic data by L&T. After that, the electronic data was converted into a data grid for the 182m design. Then all these were taken to the foundry for the casting the final bronze claddings. In short, it was like putting thousand pieces of a 3D jigsaw puzzle together. In order to make this puzzle come to life, more than 5 lakh kg of structural steel, 185 lakh of reinforced steel bars, 225 lakh kg of cement, 17 lakh kg of bronze, more than 18 lakh kg of bronze cladding, and more than 50 lakh kg of iron was used to create this monument. In order to complete this statue on time, more than 3,400 workers and 250 engineers worked day and night. And finally, after 33 months, the Statue of Unity has completed at the whopping price of Rs 2,989 crore.
Today, this statue stands tall at the height of 208 meters (58m height of base plus 182m height of the statue). Furthermore, you will be shocked to know that the Statue of Unity is designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 180kmph and earthquakes measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter scale.Things to See
Basically, the statue is divided into 5 zones where the first zone is up to its shin which comprises of 3 levels including an exhibit floor, mezzanine, and roof. Zone 1 also includes a Memorial Garden and a large museum.
The second zone extends up to the statue’s thighs at 149 meters. While the third zone goes all the way up to 159 meters where a viewing gallery is located which will provide you an astonishing and beautiful view of the valley and the great Sardar Sarovar Nigam project. After 3rd zone then comes the fourth zone which contains the maintenance area. At last, there is the fifth zone which comprised the head and the shoulders of the statue.
You can also visit the museum at the base of the statue which displays more than 40,000 documents and 2,000 photographs of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s life.Places to Stay Nearby
You can book your rooms at the Shrestha Bharat Bhavan which is a 3-star hotel situated just adjacent to the Statue of Unity. Moreover, you can also stay at the tent city which is spread across the banks of the river Narmada in Gujarat.Entry tickets