Statue of Unity Inauguration Interesting facts about the Statue
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity, the 182-meter tall statue of Iron Man Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, on Wednesday. BJP chief Amit Shah, state chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy CM Nitin Patel, and Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel are also present on the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of the ‘Iron Man of India’.
On the occasion of Inauguration some interesting facts about the Statue:
- The Statue of Unity, built as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhai Patel, is situated 200 kilometers from Ahmedabad in Gujarat.
- Built near the Narmada Dam in Gujarat, it is not only the tallest in the world (twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York) but also built in shortest time.
- At 597 feet, the SoU is 177 feet taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue (currently the tallest in the world) which took 11 years to build.
- The statue is built by infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore. It is made up of 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 6,500 tonnes of structural steel, 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding made up of some 565 macro & 6,000 micro panels.
- There are two high-speed passenger elevators at the statue’s star shaped-core which will take visitors to the chest level where the viewing gallery is located.
- The statue can withstand wind speed of 180 km/ hr. It can survive earthquakes measuring up to 6.5 on the Richter Scale, at a depth of 10 km and within a radius of 12 km of the statue.
- The Rs 3,050 crore project, fully funded by the Gujarat government, was brought to fruition by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and intricate bronze cladding work by a Chinese foundry, the Jiangxi Toqine Company (JTQ).