The world is full of marvels and so many incredible possessions. Skyscrapers are the most elite man-made marvels which make us stargaze them. We have witnessed the power of man and its creations in recent years. Burj Khalifa might be the tallest building in the world, but India is the place for the world’s tallest statue ever made. The work for the ‘Statue of Unity’ is in full swing and the statue looks exquisite from every angle. 31st October 2018 is the day it will be inaugurated by Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
For about three years, the workers in Gujarat have been constructing a massive statue of the nation’s great leader and statesmen hailed as the iron man of India. The bronze, steel figure, named ‘The Statue of Unity’ is nearly 600-feet-tall and a memorial of India’s first deputy prime minister, the freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbai Patel.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was completely against building memorials and statues. Has he been alive, he would have opposed the state government's project no matter who it signified. This only makes this whole project a little controversial. But regardless of the controversies, PM Modi has ensured that his project receives full stars from both government and people.
Let’s know more about the statue!
The Statue of Unity
The Statue of Unity is an iconic statue which will rise to 182 meters (597 feet) post its finishing point. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is the figure we will be seeing as the tallest statue in the world. The statue is in Gujrat near Vadodara facing the Narmada Dam. It will be occupying over 20,000 square meters and a 12 square km artificial lake will be surrounding it.
It is said to have the world’s top class tourist facilities in the area along with various attractions such as a museum of Sardar Patel. There will be an elevator with a maximum capacity of 50 people to the bust of the statue. Now, we all can experience the rush of standing 579 feet from the ground. The picturesque surrounding will be immense bliss to the soul.
An exhibition hall will also be available along with a tent city and a three-star hotel. Over 100 guides are being trained to make the whole experience informational. A valley of flowers, tribal market, and other attractions are also nearby.
The statue of unity is the symbol of India’s unity and integrity. It signifies all the visions of Sardar Patel whether it is about sacrifice, wisdom, unity or hard work. The statue was built to remind everyone about India’s foremost statesmen and leaders, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The statue is designed to appear stoic with head held high and arms by his sides. This design was the vision of the famous Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar. The design was later comprehended by a multi-firm conglomerate which includes Turner Construction and MGA&D (Michael Graves Architecture & Design), who developed the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa.
The total cost was estimated to be about $420 million (₹3,001 crore) initially by the Indian government. But Larsen & Toubro won the contract in October 2014 and now the cost estimation is about ₹2,989 crore for the maintenance, design, and construction of the statue.
Agricultural tools were collected from around 700,000 villages across India which will be melted and used for the creation of the statue. This campaign was called the ‘Loha campaign’ and farmers donated over 135 tons of iron to support the whole project. This collected iron is the foundation of the Statue.
There are bronze cladding on the Statue and floors are all made of marbles. Steel framing, bronze coating and reinforced concrete, is also there.
About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel was a social and political leader of India. He played a pivotal role in Indian’s struggle for independence. He subsequently guided its integration into an independent, united nation. He was often called the ‘Iron Man of India’, and ‘Sardar’ which means leader/chief in different Indian languages.
He was inspired by the philosophy and work of Mahatma Gandhi. Patel organized the peasants of Bardoli, Kheda and Borsad in Gujarat. He then created a non-violent civil disobedience movement which was focused against the oppressive policies imposed by the British Raj. He then went on to become one of the most influential leaders in Gujarat and rose to the leadership of the Indian National Congress.
Sardar Patel was at the forefront of promoting the Quit India movement. He is the person who took the charge to forge a united India from the British-era colonial provinces and 565 semi-autonomous princely states. The iron man of India is also remembered as the Patron Saint of India's civil servants for his establishment of modern all-India services.
There are so many controversies revolving around the iconic structure of Sardar Patel. Some said that they cannot see the "Indian-ness" in the project due to the number of Chinese workers involved in the construction. While some were skeptical about the amount spent on the project.
These were stated as ‘childish attempts’ to create controversies by officials. Nonetheless, the Statue of Unity is on the finishing stage and will be made available for the people soon.
The 182-metre tall statue of Sardar Patel will be unveiled by PM Modi on the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, the first home minister of the country. 31st October 2018 is the day of inauguration where the journey of this proud, iconic marvel will begin.
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