Indian PM inaugurates world's tallest statue in Gujarat

WCN Editorial Team 31 Oct 2018 ASIA BUILDINGS

The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has unveiled the world’s tallest statue, dubbed Statue of Unity, a memorial dedicated to the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

Standing tall at 182m from the ground, the statue is located on the Sadhu Bet Island, about 3.5km south of Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia in the Narmada district of Gujarat. The total project cost is estimated to be INR29.9bn ($404m).

The statue is almost 29m taller than Spring Temple Buddha in China that stands at 153m, and almost twice as high as the 93m Statue of Liberty in New York.

The steel, concrete and brass-clad statue has been built by the Indian construction giant Larsen & Toubro (L&T) in 33 months.

In October 2014, L&T’s Buildings & Factories business won the EPC contract for the design and construction of the Statue of Unity from the Government of Gujarat. Work on the raft of the statue started in December 2015.

Apart from L&T, the project also includes Turner Construction, Michael Graves and Associates, and Meinhardt Group.

The Statue of Unity complex includes an exhibition centre at its base, a memorial garden, a designer bridge connecting Sadhu Island with the mainland along the Narmada River, a 5km internal roadway, improvements to the existing roads/bridges/culverts connecting the area of Sadhu Island.

It also features an administrative complex and a star hotel (Shrestha Bharat Bhavan) and a conference centre.

With a unique, slender width to height ratio, the statue rises out of a star-shaped, geometric base that covers the entire Sadhu Hill.

The structure has two vertical cores each housing a high-speed passenger elevator. The vertical cores support the steel frames to which about 6,500 bronze panels are clad.

It also features a viewing gallery that can accommodate up to 200 visitors and offers spectacular views of the Sardar Sarovar dam.

L&T CEO and managing director SN Subrahmanyan said: “The Statue of Unity, apart from being a symbol of national pride, and integration is also a tribute to India’s engineering skills and project management abilities.

“Larsen & Toubro has delivered several projects of national significance and we are proud to be associated with building the world’s tallest statue, which is a fitting homage to the Iron Man of India - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.”


Image: The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi dedicates the ‘Statue of Unity’ to the Nation. Photo: Courtesy of Press Information Bureau.

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