Statue of Unity
Statue of Unity is a Symbol of Ek Bharat is Shresht Bharat. It is a symbol of India’s integrity and India’s unity. It shows that India was, is always be eternal. As wonderful things can be achieved by unity!
The Statue of Unity is the world’s tallest statue is a tribute to India’s independence hero Sardar Vallabhbai Patel. This statue is located in the state of Gujarat India. This statue is a tribute to the Iron Man of India as well as a larger tourism ecosystem with several attractions. The government of Gujarat has built a tourism ecosystem around the Statue of Unity to attract visitors.
The statue was inaugurated on 31st October 2018 on the 143rd anniversary of Mr. Patel by the Prime Minister Mr. Narender Modi. The foundation stone for this statue was laid on 31st October 2013.
Statue of Unity: Facts About This Pride of India
The engineering for this statue has been finished in 33 months. The height of the Statue of Unity is 182-meter which is double as compared to the statue of liberty in New York. It is attracting a mammoth number of tourists within days of its unveiling.
This project was handed over to Larsen & Turbo at a whopping an amount of 2,989 Crore, who started its construction on 31st October 2018. The company promised that the project will be finished within a period of 42 months without any escalation of fuel, labor, and material.
The Sardar Vallabhai Patel Statue was first announced at a press conference by Mr.Modi on 7th October 2010 to commensurate his 10th year running as Gujarat CM. In order to finish this project, the state had asked farmers to donate their used farm equipment to provide iron needed for the statue of Sardar Patel.
Eventually, around 5000 tonnes of iron were collected, although it was no use for the statue as previously thought it was used in the construction of the structure.
Why the Statue of Unity is built?
The Statue of Unity is a commitment towards the unification of the princely states in the formation of a consolidated Indian republic and his great efforts for the refugees leaving Delhi and Punjab.
Integrating the British colonial provinces which were allocated to India given him a title “Unifier of India”. It was in his memory and a mask of his contribution to the nation filled with diversities.
About Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is popularly known as the Iron Man of India passed away on December 15th, 1950. He lived a simple life and was known for his wisdom and diplomatic skills.
He practiced law at Godhra, Borsad, and Anand in Gujarat. After passing the bar examination, he borrowed books from the senior lawyers. Initially, Mr. Patel was not interested in the politics and principles of Mahatma Gandhi.
After meeting Gandhiji Patel joined Congress and became a Congress stronghold later. Patel joined the Non-Cooperation Movement and travel around West India to recruit 300,000 members.
During the period of Mahatma Gandhi’s imprisonment Patel lead the Satyagraha movement in Nagpur in 1923 against the British Law of banning the hoisting of Indian Flag.
Mr. Patel was appointed as a Home Minister of India on the first anniversary of independence. As India’s first Home Minister and Deputy Minister, Patel played a crucial role in the integration of the princely states.
Interesting facts that distinguish the Statue of Unity
It is higher than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue by 29 meters and word’s famous Statue of Liberty by 89 meters. The base of the Statue of Unity is 58 meters.
The statue is located between Satpura and the Vindhya mountain near Kevadia town in Gujarat. This town will be connected to the location of the statue by the 3.5km highway.
The Statue is constructed more than 4076 workers, working in two shifts. It includes 300 engineers from Larsen and Turbo. The workers worked in two shifts It took three and a half years to finish this project.
Around 129 tonnes of iron were obtained from nearly 100 million farmers in 169,000 villages across all states for the statue.
The statue will turn from its original bronze color to green in 100 years because of its natural aging process. It will go through the natural aging process and develop a green patina.
The statue is able to withstand an earthquake and wind speed up to around 100 km per second.
The statue has a viewing gallery at 153 meters, through which 200 people can have a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, Satpura, and Vidhyachal mountain ranges.
Four high-speed lifts are fitted in the legs of the statue. Each lift has the capacity to carry 26 people to the top in just 30 seconds.
A museum, a food court, a memorial garden, a 3-Star lodging facility, and a grand museum are the part of this statue.
One can reach the Statue to Unity through a 5Km boat ride.
The monument has fast elevators which shorten the transit time for the visitors.
The complex has a separate selfie point where you can click a good view of the statue and click selfies.
Along the banks of the rivers the Narmada there is a ‘Valley of Flowers’.
The first model of the statue was designed by the artist and sculpture Ram V. Sutar.
How the statue of Unity is a leg up for tourism
The statue is a giant base about 25 meters height is equivalent to an eight-story building which has an exhibition and film center showcasing Patel’s role in national integration.
The importance of Shoolpaneshwar and Narmada dam is the neighborhood of the project. According to the SSNL chief engineer, Mr.P.C.Vyas (in-charge of the dam) says that it will be a big tourist spot spoon, due to the dam and forests around it.
The visitors will be able to reach 135-meter high gallery and enjoy the breathtaking views of Narmada dam, the valley and the pilgrimage site of Garudeshwar. This gallery can accommodate around 200 people at a time.
Around 3000 tourists will be allowed to visit the place every day. The hospitality industry is taking the benefit of this place.