The statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue in honour of the country’s first home minister and Iron Man Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, has been prepared in 33 months. PM Modi will unveil this statue on October 31 (Wednesday).
These are some Facts about the world’s tallest statue, and give a reason why is ‘Statue of Unity’ so special…
1. The Statue of Unity, 182 meters (597 feet) high, will be the world’s tallest statue, followed by China’s Spring Buddha Temple (153 meters), Japan’s Ushiku Daibutsu (120 meters) and America’s Statue of Liberty (93 meters) is the number.
2. Stage of 5,700 metric tons i.e. about 57 lakh kilograms of structural steel is used to make ‘Statue of Unity’. Also 18,500 metric ton rods have been used. 18 thousand 500 tonnes of steel foundation and 6,500 tonnes of steel sculpture.
3. 17 hundred tons of bronze is used in the idol, while 1,850 tons of bronze is in the outer part. 1 lakh 80 thousand tonnes of cement concrete were used in construction, while 2 crore 25 lakh kilogram cement was used.
4. The Statue of Unity is about 3.5 km away from the Narmada dam and is located on a river island called ‘Sadhu Bet’. A 250-metre long bridge is the link to the island.
5. Built at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore, the statue is 100 times taller than the average person.
6. Teams comprising historians, artists and academicians, after studying various Sardar Patel statues across India, zeroed in on a design proposed by Noida-based sculptor Ram Sutar. The sculptor studied around 2,000 photos of Sardar Patel to create the face of the Statue of Unity
7. The ‘Statue of Unity’ is designed such that earthquake shock or wind speed of 60 meters / second can not damage the statue too. The statue will remain intact in the shock of the 6.5-Richter scale earthquake. Can handle 180 kilometers per hour wind speed.
8. The farmers of the 7,00,000 villages donated iron to the idol. It got 135 metric tonnes of iron, which was used in it. The total weight of the Statue of Unity is 1700 tonnes and the height is 522 ft, which is 182 meters. The statue itself is unique, its height is 80 ft, the height of the arm is 70 ft, the height of the shoulder is 140 ft and the height of the face is 70 ft.
9. Four metals have been used to make the Statue of Unity. This includes zinc, lead and tin along with copper, which will not spoil the image for thousands of years. There will be no effect of dust, sunlight, rain and war on this. In the statue, tourists can go up to a height of 153 meters and can be seen up to 12 km. 200 people can come together in the gallery built in the upper floor of the statue.
10. 92-year-old architect, Ram V. Sutar, who was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999, designed the Statue of Unity. Previously the architect also designed the 17-feet high statue of Mahatma Gandhi, situated in the Parliament House complex.
11. These days, the design of the statue of Shivaji in Mumbai’s seashore is also making a carpenter. The Maharashtra government says that the statue will leave behind the Statue of Unity and the world’s highest statue will be ready in 2021. The contract for building the steel framework of the statue was awarded to the Malaysia-based company Eversenady, which has built buildings like Dubai’s famous Burj Khalifa and Burj Al-Arab.
12. For ‘Statue of Unity‘, iron was collected from the farmers living in the village of entire India by collecting old and useless tools coming in the field of farming. For this “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust” collected about 5000 metric tonnes of iron from seven lakh villages across the country.
13. It is not only the tallest statue in the world, but also the one to be completed in the shortest period of time.
14. A consortium of world class construction companies that executed the project are Michael Graves Architecture and Designs, Turner Construction and Larsen &Toubro.
15. A visitor’s gallery with the capacity to accommodate a batch of 200 people offers a view of the Satpura and Vidhyanchal mountain ranges where the borders of Gujarat converges with Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. There are two high-speed elevators in the statue’s core that can accommodate 200 tourists at a time and take them up to the chest of the statue to the viewing gallery.
16. A 52-room, 3-star hotel, auditorium, galleries with light and sound shows and a museum on the life and times of Sardar Patel have been incorporated in the project.