The world’s tallest icon of all the 182-meter statue of freedom fighter Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel called the ‘Statue of Unity’, is almost complete. Patel statue to be inaugurated on October 31, 2018, on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The statue dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on the occasion of birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the statue will not only remind every individual of our great nation freedom struggle but will also inspire the nation. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel also called as the “Iron Man of India”.
The Statue of Unity is a monument about completion dedicated to Indian independence movement leader Vallabhbhai Patel. Tall statue located in the Indian state of Gujarat. With a planned height of 182 meters tall (597 ft), it will be located facing the Narmada Dam. 3.5 km away on the river island called Sadhu Bet Island near Vadodara in Gujarat. This statue will occupy over 20,000 square meters and will be surrounded by a 12 square km artificial lake. It will be the world’s tallest statue when completed.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), a special purpose vehicle was established by the Gujarat government and the outreach programme was carried out across India starting December 2013. The foundation stone was laid down by the then chief minister of Gujarat, Mr. Narendra Modi in 2013. The statue and premises will be having world-class facilities for the visitors.
World’s tallest statue construction work is complete and is ready for inauguration on 31st October 2018 in memory of “Iron man” of India and great political leader Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. It is taller than the statue of liberty of America. Several sheet metal workers, construction workers, equipment operator, construction managers and heavy equipment from the construction industry worked to make this happened in India.
Gujarat Chief Misintsr, Home minister and other dignitaries for Gujarat government will be present for the Inauguration ceremony. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the function.
The statue of unity will be the symbol of the country for the unity. The chief minister Vijay Rupani has recently visited the construction site and monitored the progress of the construction work. Vijay Rupani said the BJP had collected iron, soil and water from across the country to use them to build the “Statue Of Unity” in the state, a decision announced by PM Modi in 2013.
Nation’s political and social leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s visionary ideologies of patriotism, unity, inclusive growth and good governance. This monument will not just be a mute memorial like the rest, but a fully functional, purpose-serving tribute that will spur all-round socio-economic development. It will inculcate Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel ideologies in public’s mind.
The world tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel project set into motion five years ago, when Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat, had laid the foundation stone in the month of October in 2013. The massive icon is slated to be inaugurated on October 31 on the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Once finished, Patel’s icon would stand tall some 200 kilometers away from the state capital Ahmedabad and it will be surrounded by the Narmada river. The statue is coming up at Sadhu Bet at Kevadiya Colony near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district. The statue of unity will be taller than the statue of liberty, which is of only 93 meters. Statue would be the biggest India news on 31st Oct. 2018.
Shrestha Bharat Bhavan
Shrestha Bharat Bhavans designed to be approximately 52-key, providing a 3-star facility on two guestroom levels above a public floor containing meal services, a ballroom, and other meeting and event spaces. King rooms and suites are located on the river side of the building, where they have access to balconies overlooking generous gardens.
The simple and modern architectural character of the Shrestha Bharat Bhavan is complemented by lush plantings along the balconies, linking the building to the landscape and reinforcing the environmental theme of the development.
Distinctive and dramatically lit architectural elements, such as the circular stair hall facing the garden and river, create a special guest experience as well as a memorable image of the Hotel.
Museum & Audio Visual Gallery
The Statue of Unity Project will also include a unique museum and audio-visual department depicting the life and times of Sardar Vallabhbai Patel.
A Laser, Light and Sound show
Laser, Light and Sound show on the efforts of Unification of India.
A research center dedicated to the research and development of subjects close to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s heart like Good Governance and Agriculture Development. Here, subjects like Water Management and Tribal Development will also be studied and researched.
A Monumental View
A heavy-load open lift with a panoramic view will be built alongside the Statue of Unity. Visitors will be able to rise up within the statue, walk into a viewing gallery and enjoy a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Nigam project and the surrounding region from an astounding height of close to 400ft.
Hospitality & Entertainment
Refreshment areas like restaurants and recreational spots to make the project area an attractive tourist spot, thus facilitating tourism and employment for the surrounding tribal region.
The statue and surrounding area will be accessed by special boats to avoid vehicular traffic and pollution
Initially, the total cost of the project was estimated to be about ₹3,001 crore (US$420 million) by the Indian government. Later Larsen & Toubro won the contract in October 2014 for its lowest bid of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million) for the design, construction, and maintenance. The construction was started on 31 October 2014. The statue is near completion. It will be inaugurated on 31 October 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Some highlights of this project:
- Bronze cladding on the Statue.
- Fast elevators to reduce transit time for visitors.
- The three-level base of the Statue – exhibit floor, mezzanine, and roof – will contain a Memorial Garden and a large continuous museum/exhibition hall, comprising exhibits that focus on the life and contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
- The observation deck, situated at a height of around 500 ft from the river bed, will accommodate up to 200 people at a time. It will provide 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.
- Access to the Statue via a 5 km boat ride.
- A large modern canopied public plaza, overlooking the Narmada River and the Statue, comprising food stalls, ornate gift shops, retail kiosks, and other amenities, that will provide visitors a well-rounded tourist experience.
Run for Unity:
Run for Unity is encourage India to run together in a tribute to Sardar Patel. Shri Narendra Modi marked the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, that is, October 31st as ‘Rashtriya Ekta Diwas’ (National Unity Day) to commemorate his legacy. On the very same day, the ‘Run for Unity’ Marathon was flagged off, with the aim of having every Indian run together in a tribute to Sardar Patel.
Construction of Statue of Unity:
A consortium of Turner Construction (project manager of Burj Khalifa), Michael Graves and Associates and Meinhardt Group, is supervising the project. It will take 56 months to complete the project; 15 months for planning, 40 months for construction and two months for handing over by the consortium. The total cost of the project was estimated to be about ₹2,063 crore (US$290 million) by the government. The tender bids for the first phase were invited in October 2013 and were closed in November 2013.
The then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, (currently the Prime Minister of India) laid the foundation stone of statue on 31 October 2013, the 138th birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He along with L. K. Advani announced to the public that after completion of the project, it will be the tallest statue of the world. The statue of unity completion date is 31st October 2018.
A mixture of concrete and steel will act as a skeleton for the massive statue and bronze panels will be used on the exterior. According to an Indian Express report, the contract for the steel framework has been handed over to the Malaysia-based Eversendai, which has constructed Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa – Dubai’s famous highrises. For the bronze work, the TQ Art Foundry has designed about 5,000 bronze panels under the supervision of artist Ram Sutar that have been assembled at a workshop on the site before being clad to complete the facade in stages, adds the same report.
Indian infrastructure company Larsen & Toubro won the contract on 27 October 2014 for its lowest bid of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million) for the design, construction, and maintenance. They commenced the construction on 31 October 2014 and is expected to complete it by 2018. Initially, Turner construction was the statue of unity contractor.
In the first phase of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million) project, ₹1347 crore is for the main statue, ₹235 crore for exhibition hall and convention center, ₹83 crore for the bridge connecting the memorial to Sardar Vallabhbhai to the mainland and ₹657 crore for the maintenance of the structure for 15 years after its completion. Accenture provides digital media outreach programme. The monument is designed by Ram V. Sutar. The statue will be inaugurated by PM Modi on 31st October 2018. Companies like Turner Construction and L&T construction have built the world tallest statue. The statue of unity inauguration will be a grand ceremony in India.
Sophisticated state of art technologies like Light Detection and Ranging Technology and Telescopic logging to assess rock joint is adopted. Statue development through four stages of Mockup, state of the art three-dimensional scanning technique and computer numerical control production technique adopted to ensure accurate reproduction of minute details. Approximately 1850 Metric Ton of Bronze cladding shall be erected without any external staging. The statue of unity progress 2018 is, it is almost complete and inaugurated on 31st October 2018 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
References: http://www.statueofunity.in, wikipedia.org