10 Hidden Facts About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s Statue Of Unity, The World’s Tallest Statue

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1:43 pm 31 Oct, 2018

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled the Statue of Unity, dedicated to freedom movement icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who served as the first home minister of independent India. PM Modi dedicated the statue to the nation, built at a massive cost of Rs. 2,989 crore. The statue shows Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, towering over the Narmada River.

On this occassion, PM Modi slammed those who have criticised the decision of building such a costly statue and said was it a crime to build such memorials for national heroes like Patel.

Take a look at some facts about the Statue of Unity:

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The statue, at 182-metre, is touted to be the world’s tallest, 23 metres taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue. The height of the Statue of Unity is also almost double the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 metres tall) in US.

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The statue has been inaugurated on October 31, 2018, which also marks the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. Located on the Sadhu Bet island, near Rajpipla on the Narmada river, the Statue of Unity is located between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges.

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Designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar, it has been built by Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd. It took nearly 33 months for 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers to complete the statue. To provide better connectivity the government has also built a 3.5 km highway to connect the statue to Gujarat’s Kevadia town.

 

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The statue has a viewing gallery at the height of 193 metres from the sea level which can accommodate 200 visitors at a time. Tourists can view the Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir, and the Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges, at a height of 153 meters through its gallery.

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Along with the statue, the other five related sites include the ticket counter, the food court, the walkway, and the ‘Shrestha Bharat Bhavan’ – a 52-room three-star lodging facility for the visitors.

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The project was announced by Gujarat chief minister, Modi, in 2010 ahead of civic elections in Ahmedabad. The project was funded by Gujarat government.

 

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Reports suggest the Statue of Unity was built using 5700 Mton of structural steel and reinforcement bars of 18500 Mton.

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The statue can withstand winds of speed up to 50 m/sec and earthquakes measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter Scale, at a depth of 10 km and within a radius of 12 km of the statue.

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The cost of its maintenance is estimated to be Rs 12 lakh per day (or Rs 43.8 crore annually). The cost of ticket for an adult Indian is reported to beRs 120 and Rs 350 for entering viewing gallery.

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As per media reports, the statue has not made an impact with tribals of the region who have grudges against the government for taking away the land that belonged to them. It is reported that the Statue of Unity project has adversely affected nearly 75,000 tribals.

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Dr Praful Vasava, a tribal leader was quoted by IANS:

“No food will be cooked in 72 villages affected by the entire project, as we will be mourning on that day, for the project is being carried out for our destruction.”

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Moreover, tribals have also threatened to drown themselves in Narmada over the project. Sarpanchs from 22 villages have also written an open letter to PM Modi confirming the boycott of the project.

As per another report, if the construction cost of the statue was utilised differently then the government could have built two new Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campuses, five Indian Institute of Management (IIM) campuses and six Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) missions to Mars.

Likewise, the funds could also have been used for renovation and restoration of many irrigation schemes.



A section of users on various social media platforms have tweeted against the statue saying that the cost has been too high. See some reactions:


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