We all are familiar with the Statue of Liberty, which we all hope to see at least once in our lifetimes. Ironically, few people are even aware of the country’s accomplishments. With an impressive height of 182 metres, the Statue of Unity, the current highest structure in the world, proudly faces the Narmada Dam.
Statue of Unity Height
Known as the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel is honoured by the nation’s much-discussed Statue of Unity. The Statue of Unity stands 182 meters tall on Sadhu Bet Island on the Narmada River, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam.
With its height of about four times that of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil and double that of the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Statue of Unity is the tallest in the world. As part of the 143rd anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the Statue of Unity.
Statue of Unity Cost
Before the 2010 civic elections in Ahmedabad, Modi had launched the initiative while serving as the chief minister of Gujarat. The Gujarat state government provided all of the funding for the project, which cost Rs 3,050 crore.
More about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Statue
- At 182 metres, the statue of Unity is 30 metres taller than the previous world record holder, the Spring Temple Buddha of China, and twice as large as the Statue of Liberty.
- The statue faces the Narmada Dam in front, a spectacular sight in and of itself.
- The astounding 153 metres above the ground is the height of the observation gallery, which can accommodate 200 people at once.
- Despite being near a seismic zone, the statue is earthquake-proof and can resist winds up to 60 metres per second.
- The statue’s observation deck offers a clear view of the Satpura and Vindhya Ranges.
- The complete structure was built using 5750 Mton of structural steel and 19000 Mton of reinforcing steel bars.
- The entire project was finished on time, within the quoted budget, and without incurring additional costs, which is an incredible accomplishment for any government project in history.
Statue of Unity: The Features
Three of the five zones that make up the Sardar Patel Statue are currently open to the general public. The statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s head and shoulder is positioned in the fifth zone, and the fourth zone is reserved for maintenance. The first zone of the Statue of Unity houses a memorial garden, an exhibition area, and a museum. The first zone extends from the statue’s base to its shin. The third zone extends to a height of 153 metres, ending at the viewing gallery, while the second zone extends to the statue’s thigh.
From Tuesday through Sunday, the Statue of Unity is open from 8 to 6 pm from Tuesday through Sunday. The laser light and sound performance are offered every day after 7 pm. The Statue of Unity has Mondays set aside for upkeep. Adult tickets cost Rs 150, while child tickets (3-15) cost Rs 90.
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