The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will dedicate the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, to the Nation, at Kevadiya in Gujarat today. The 182 metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, will be dedicated to the nation on his birth anniversary, at Kevadiya in Narmada District of Gujarat.
At the launch ceremony, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will pour soil and Narmada water into a Kalash to mark the dedication of the Statue of Unity to the nation. The Prime Minister will press a lever to commence a Virtual Abhishek of the statue.
The Statue of Unity, the 182-m figurine of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is going to be the world’s tallest statue. The project cost is about Rs. 2,989 crore and the project work was started five years back during the stint of Modi as the Gujarat Chief Minister.
This statue occupies over 20,000-sq.m, and is surrounded by a 12-sq.km artificial lake. Initially the total cost of the project was estimated to be about Rs 3,001 crore (US$440 million) by the government. Later Larsen & Toubro won the contract in October 2014 for its lowest bid of Rs. 2,989 crore (US$430 million) for the design, construction and maintenance. The construction was started on 31 October 2014.
The total height of the statue from its base will be 240 metre consisting base level of 58-m and statue of 182-m. It is being constructed with steel framing, reinforced cement concrete and bronze coating. 75,000-cu.m of concrete, 5,700 metric tonne steel structure, 18,500 tonne reinforced steel rods, 22,500 tonne bronze sheets have been used for the construction of the statue.
The Statue of Unity is being designed as a naturalistic and historically accurate representation of Sardar Patel, wearing characteristic garments, in a walking stance.
The observation deck, situated at a height of around 500-ft from river bed, can accommodate up to 200 people at a time. It provides visitors a panoramic view, enabling them to see the beautiful Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the 212-km long Sardar Sarovar Reservoir, and the 12-km long Garudeshwar Reservoir. For the comfort of the visitors against high wind forces, a 400-ton Tuned Mass Damper system has been provided above the observation deck.
The monument is designed by Ram V. Sutar.