Statue of Unity is the Tallest Statue in the World and was unveiled by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018.
The colossal statue is a homage to the “Iron Man of India” Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. The statue is a tribute to his life, a role model of unity and statesmanship. It will inspire the generations to come and showcase his vision of unity, patriotism, inclusive growth and good governance.
Termed as ‘Pride of Nation’, it is a patriotic symbol of his legacy, a man who devoted his whole life for the struggle of independence.
Height of tallest statue in the world is 182 meter or 597 feet with a base of 240 meter or 790 feet. This massive statue stands on a small island of Sadhu-Bet in Narmada river at Kevadia near Rajpipla City in the Indian state of Gujarat.
Statue of Unity is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in the United States and 40% taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha.
The height of the statue of unity surpasses the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, which, at 153 metres (502 ft) was previously the tallest statue in the world.
Apart from being the tallest statue in the world, it also holds the distinction of being among the fastest to be completed in just 46 months. China’s Spring Temple Buddha took 11 years to complete.
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The total cost to build the Statue of Unity was Rs 2,989 crores ($430 million). It took about 250 engineers and 3,400 labourers to construct the statue.
The Statue of Unity was designed by 93-year-old Padma Bhushan awardee sculptor Ram V Sutar. He is India’s most admired and acclaimed sculptor.
The Statue of Unity has boosted the tourism and hospitality sector. A large number of hotels, transport and other facilities are coming up around the area. This has helped in generating huge income and jobs from tourism, transportation and other services.
Statue of Unity is capable of withstanding wind velocity up to 50 m/s. It has been designed for seismic Zone IV as an earthquake-resistant structure.
The height of the toe of the Statue of Unity measures 3.6 metres. The diameter of the button on the vest of the Statue is 1.1 metre.
The statue is estimated to remain as it is for 1000 years. It implies that it will continue contributing to the national income of India through tourism for 10 centuries.