STATUE OF UNITY

STATUE OF UNITY

Question: Where is the tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel, known as ‘statue of unity’ recently inaugurated?
(a)Ahmedabad
(b)Vadodara
(c)Narmada
(d)Bhavnagar
Answer :(c)
Related facts:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the ‘Statue of Unity’ in Kevadiya town in Narmada district of Gujarat on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel.
  • This project was first announced on 10 October 2010 by the then Gujarat government by a special purpose vehicle-Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET).




  • The iron needed for the statue and other structures was collected from farmers of villages all around India in a form of donation of their used farming instruments.

Features of ‘Statue of Unity’:

  • Height– 182 metres, this makes the statue almost twice the height of the iconic Statue of Liberty in New York.
  • Location– around 3.5 km downstream from Sardar Sarovar dam, on an islet Sadhu Bet on the bed of River Narmada.
  • Cost– Rs. 2989 crore.
  • SculptorPadmama Bhushan Ram V. Suthar, a 93 year-old acclaimed sculptor.
  • Construction period– 34 months (approx.) work began on December 19, 2015.




  • Materials consumed- 70,000 tons of cement, 18,500 tons of reinforcement steel, 6,000 tons of structural steel and 1700 tons of bronze which was used as outer cladding of the structure.
  • It is constructed by L&T and has 5 zones of the statue.
  • The viewing gallery can accommodate up to 200 people at a time.

Prominent tallest statues of the world:

  • Statue of Unity (182m) Narmada, Gujarat, India
  • Spring Temple Buddha (153m) Lushan, Henan province, China
  • Ushiku Daibutsu (120m) Japan
  • Statue of Liberty (93m) Liberty Island, New York
  • The Motherland Calls(85m),Russia
  • Christ The Redeemer (38 m) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel (Ironman of India):

  • Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel, Bismarck of Modern India born on 31st October 1875 was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India.
  • He was an Indian barrister and statesman, a senior leader of the Indian National Congress and founding father of the republic of India.




  • He is renowned as the architect of independent India, as he united all diverse 562 princely states to build one great Republic of Independent India.

Links:

http://www.statueofunity.in/

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/salient-points-about-the-statue-of-unity/article25377419.ece

http://pib.nic.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1551231

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_Unity

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