“Now, INDIA has worlds tallest statue.”
Yes, Its true Guys..! India’s Biggest achievement to build a monument dedicated to Indian Independence Movement Leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel the “IRON MAN OF INDIA” just completed in the mid-month of October 2018 and is now the “World’s Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity”. The Project was constructed by Larsen and Turbo. They have bid the lowest of RS.2989 Crores (US$420 Million) for its construction and maintenance in October 2014.
The statue completed in record 33 months. The foundation was laid down in 2013 and inaugurated the statue on 31 October 2018. One of the chief engineer said that the statue can sustain wind velocity of 220 kilometers per hour and earthquakes measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter Scale.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Inaugurated it on the birth anniversary of Patel on 31st October 2018.
The project was announced firstly on 7th October 2010. A special Purpose vehicle “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust” (SVPRET) which was established by the government of Gujrat for the construction of the Statue.
Design and Construction of the Worlds Tallest Statue
It is designed by Ram V. Sutar who is an Indian sculptor who had created more than fifty monumental sculptures in the last forty years of his career. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan in 2016 and Padma Shri in 1999 for his contribution in the field of arts.
The iron required to build this Worlds Tallest Statue was to be collected from farmers of villages all around India. As a part of donation and contribution for the project many village farmers also contributed their used farming iron equipment.
After three months of nationwide campaign the team collected 5000 tons of iron. But later on the news came into era that the collected iron will be used in other part of the project. The project is facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km away on the river island called Sadhu Bet.
The total height of the statue from its base will be 240-meter consisting base level of 58 meters. Only the height of statue is 182 meters. The construction of statue is done with steel framing, reinforced cement concrete, and bronze cladding. The statue required 75,000 cubic meters of concrete, 5,700 tons of steel structure, 18,500 tons of reinforced steel rods and 22,500 tons of bronze sheets for its construction. The statue design of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, wearing characteristic garments, in a walking stance.
A consortium of Turner Construction (Project Manager of Burj Khalifa), Michael Graves and Associates and Meinhardt Group, has supervised the project. It took 56 months to complete the project and about 15 months for planning. The Project nearly took 40 months for construction and two months for handing over by the consortium. The total cost of the project was estimated to be about Rs. 2,063 crores (US$290 million) by the government. The tender bids for the first phase were invited in October 2013 and were closed in November 2013.
Along with the statue, there are five other related sites that are constructed along with the world’s tallest statue that includes the walkway, the ticket counter area, the food court, the four-lane approach highway, and the ‘Shrestha Bharat Bhavan’- a 52-room three-star Hotel & Lodging facility for the visitors coming to see the “The World’s Tallest Statue: Statue of Unity”.
Altogether, 4,076 laborers have worked on the project and around thousands of those have worked. Cladding of the statue alone, has been forged in China. They included around 800 locals and about 200 workers from China. They had been working in batches for two-three months since September 2017.
The site is definitely going to invite tourists and visitors from all over the world as it is Tallest Statue. Hence is going to help Indian Tourism as well. Hope you like this article. Please do not forget to share what you think about India’s great effort in achieving the goal.