Question: Where is the tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhabhai Patel, known as ‘statue of unity’ recently inaugurated?
- 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.
- Sculptor– Padmama 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.