Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the statue of unity dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel of the Independence Movement, who served as the first Home Minister of Independent India.
The statue of 182 meters is 23 meters taller than the world's tallest, Chinese Buddha statue. The height of the Statue of Unity is almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty (93 meters in height) in America.
The statue was inaugurated on October 31, 2018, which is also Sardar Patel's 143th birth anniversary. The Statue of Unity is situated between Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges, on the island of Sadhu Island near the Rajpipla on the river Narmada.
Statue is designed by the winner of Padma Bhushan, the sculptor Ram V. Sutar, it has been built by Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited. In order to complete the statue, it took approximately 33 months for 250 engineers and 3,000 workers.
In order to provide better connectivity, the government has also built a 3.5-km highway to link the statue from the city of Kevadia in Gujarat.
The statue has a viewing gallery at a height of 193 meters above sea level, which can accommodate up to 200 visitors at a time.
Visitors can see Sardar Sarovar Dam, its reservoir and Satpura and Vindhya mountain ranges through its gallery at an altitude of 153 meters.
Reports indicate that Statue of Unity was built using 5700 Mton Structural Steel and 18500 Mton Reinforcement Straps.
The statue can withstand wind speeds up to 50 meters / second and can hit earthquake up to 6.5 on the Richter scale
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