Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is the ‘Iron Man’ of India and he himself is a symbol of Unity and perfect example for leadership. India’s current Prime Minister, Narenda Modi, said that the incredible statue of Patel will be a ‘symbol of India rising’. It is going to be visitor’s Centre point of attraction to travel with family to visit world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity which will have a viewing gallery at 501 feet, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time, offering expansive views of the surrounding area. The USA has the statue of Liberty in New York where people come from other countries as it is a tourist attraction likewise Statue of Unity will also be visited from all over the country which was a vision of Narendra Modi and it will be inaugurated on 31st October 2018 by Narendra Modi.
The statue will not only remind every individual of our great nation’s freedom struggle but will also inspire the people of our country to inculcate Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s visionary ideologies of unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance. This monument will not just be a mute memorial like the rest, but a fully functional, purpose-serving tribute that will spur all-round socio-economic development, in the form of better connectivity, healthcare & education infrastructure, a research centre for agriculture development and various tribal development initiatives.
The Statue will stand high, not just in meters and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values. The vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come. With the making of this iconic structure, the overall project area is expected to grow through several activities and initiatives including infrastructure for entertainment, education and research activities. Considering that the location of the Statue falls under the jurisdiction of Narmada district that is predominantly tribal, much importance will be given to the issues of tribal culture and economy of the area to be included in and around the Statue. The total project cost is estimated to be Rs. 2989 crore, and will be completed in four years. The statue of Patel is made from a mixture of concrete and steel framework for the core, covered by an exterior cladding of bronze. Around 3,500 workers and 250 engineers are working at the site to get the statue completed in the given time period.
“Manpower without unity is not a strength unless it is harmonized and united properly, then it becomes a spiritual power.”- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Features of the ‘Statue of Unity’
Statue development through four stages of Mockup, state of the art three-dimensional scanning technique and computer numerical control production technique adopted to ensure accurate reproduction of minute details.
Shrestha Bharat Bhavan
The simple and modern architectural character of the Shrestha Bharat Bhavan is complemented by lush plantings along the balconies, linking the building to the landscape and reinforcing the environmental theme of the development.
Museum & Audio Visual Gallery
The Statue of Unity Project will also include a unique museum and audio-visual department depicting the life and times of Sardar Vallabhbai Patel.
A Laser, Light and Sound show
A Laser, Light and Sound show on the efforts of Unification of India.
A research centre dedicated to the research and development of subjects close to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s heart like Good Governance and Agriculture Development. Here, subjects like Water Management and Tribal Development will also be studied and researched.
A Monumental View
A heavy-load open lift with a panoramic view will be built alongside the Statue of Unity. Visitors will be able to rise up within the statue, walk into a viewing gallery and enjoy a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Nigam project and the surrounding region from an astounding height of close to 400ft.
Hospitality & Entertainment
Refreshment areas like restaurants and recreational spots to make the project area an attractive tourist spot, thus facilitating tourism and employment for the surrounding tribal region.
The statue and surrounding area will be accessed by special boats to avoid vehicular traffic and pollution.
“By common endeavor, we can raise the country to a new greatness, while a lack of unity will expose us to fresh calamities”- Sardar Vallabhbai Patel
Facts about ‘Statue of Unity’
- The Statue will have a viewing gallery at 153 m, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a go, and will offer a beautiful surrounding view and dam as well
- The time for construction of the Statue of Unity, the Worlds Tallest Statue, is fixed at 42 months.
- It will be able to withstand wind velocity up to 60 m/sec, vibration and earthquake at Sardar Sarovar Dam.
- 22500Mton of cement will be used to build the Worlds Tallest Statue.
- The Narmada, the fifth longest river in the Indian subcontinent, runs in a rift valley between the Vindhya and Satpura ranges. The Sardar Sarovar Dam and its 200 Km long reservoir, Satpura and Vindhya mountain range from the gallery of the Statue of Unity.
- 5,700 Mton of structural steel and 18,500 Mton of reinforcement bars will be used to build the World’s Tallest Statue.
- The Statue of Unity is being built on Sadhu Island in the Narmada river, approximately 3.2 km away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam. A 3.5 km highway will be built to connect the island to Kevadia town in Gujarat so the view of the Worlds Tallest Statue will be amazing.
- Building Bonds of Iron -that the iron collected through the ‘Loha’ campaign will be melted, converted into rebar, and used in the foundation of the Statue of Unity, making farmers across India an integral part of building the World’s Tallest Statue.
- After completion, the Statue of Unity will generate approximately 15,000 direct jobs for tribal people every year.
- The Shrestha Bharat Bhavan adjacent to the Statue of Unity is designed to be a 128-key, 3-star hotel facility with food service, guest amenities, and conference facilities.
- The Statue of Unity will comprise two semi-joined, composite concrete cylindrical cores, surrounded by a structural steel space frame to support the exterior cladding.