Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel on 31 October 2014 laid foundation stone of the Statue of Unity - the world's tallest statue of Iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The foundation stone was laid down on the occasion of Sardar Patel’s 139th birth anniversary.
The Statue of Unity - the world’s tallest monument in respect of iron man of India will be set up on an island Sadhubet at Sardar Sarovar Dam near Kevadia Colony in Bharuch district of the state of Gujarat.
As per plan, the project will be completed at the cost of 2979 crore rupees and the work of the project will be completed in 46 months. Earlier on 27 October 2014, the Gujarat Government awarded the work order of the project to leading engineering company, Larsen and Toubro.
About the Statute
The statute will be 182 meter tall and its main structure will be completed at an expense of 1345 crore rupees, a part of 2979 crore rupees is granted for the project. Rest money will be spent on
• 235 crore rupees will be spent on the construction of exhibition hall and convention centre.
• 83 crore rupees will be spent on the bridge connecting the memorial to the main land.
• 657 crore rupees would be spent to maintain the structure for next 15 years after its completion.
75000 cubic meters of concrete, 5700 metric tonne of steel structure, 18500 steel rods and 22500 metric tonne of bronze will be used for this project. The project will include an exhibition hall and audio- visual presentation on the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
The Statue of Unity, would be double the size of New York's Statue of Liberty (93 metres), and would inspire the future generations of India for years.
About Statue of Unity
Statue of Unity - the world's tallest statue of Iron man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This project was launched on 31 October 2013, on Sardar Patel's birth anniversary by Narendra Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.
For development of the project, Modi launched a country wide campaign to collect iron to build the Statue of Unity and as per Gujarat Government, iron was collected from around seven lakh villages across the nation.
Comment: The development of Statue of Unity in memory of India's first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel would help in generating employment in the tribal area of the district. It will also boost tourism sector in the region.
When: 31 october 2014