Statue of Unity
|Location||Sadhu bet, Near Sardar Sarovar Dam, Garudeshvar weir, Narmada district, Gujarat, India|
|Designer||Ram V. Sutar|
|Material||Steel framing, reinforced concrete, bronze cladding|
|Dedicated to||Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel|
The Statue of Unity is a tribute to the Indian leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, unveiled on 31 October 2018. This statue is a patriotic symbol of the legacy of a man who spent his life in the struggle for freedom. As a mark of respect, statue is located at his birthplace in Gujarat. The statue is designed by Ram V. Sutar. The total amount for the project is US $430 million. The statue stands 182 metres high, making it one of the tallest monuments in the world, second to the St. Louis Arch. 
The Statue of Unity is at Sadhu Bet Island. A 12 km square lake will create the atmosphere of equality and diversity. A special trust called as “Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust” has been created for to manage the place. The statue is made with steel frame and reinforced concrete. For durability, the statue has been given bronze plating. The statue has a 153 m high viewing deck able to hold 200 visitors. It has a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
It has been designed to withstand winds of velocity of 60 metres/second, and is also claimed to be earthquake resistant. A total of 22,500 tons of cement forms the core structure of this monument. The iron used in the construction was collected from old farm equipment throughout India. A team of 700 Indian workers worked on the smelting and casting.
References[change | change source]
- "Gujarat: Sardar Patel statue to be twice the size of Statue of Liberty". CNN IBN. 30 October 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- ABC NEWS, 'India set to officially unveil the Statue of Unity, the world's tallest statue', 27 October 2018, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-26/worlds-tallest-statue-is-soon-to-be-unveiled-in-india/10434528