Announced in 2013, the construction of world’s tallest statue- The Statue of Unity- in India is about to finish. Designed by engineering and construction giant, Larsen & Toubro, the statue will be 182 meters tall and resemble India’s first deputy prime minister- Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Built at the Sadhu Island in the Western state of Gujarat, The Statue of Unity is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in New York and three times taller than Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Moreover, it will beat the record of the current world’s tallest statue- The Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China, which is 128 meters tall.
The project was conceived by our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi in order to remind every individual of Sardar Patel’s achievements in our great nation’s freedom struggle. The total cost of the project is around 2,989 crore rupees.
The statue sits close to the Narmada Dam and is connected by a bridge to a memorial garden, a visitor’s centre, a 3-star hotel and a series of display halls. Also, this splendid and colossal will appear as “walking upon the water”. Additionally, a viewing area can be seen in the chest of the statue that allows visitors to take in the close by Narmada River, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Shoolpaneshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Once finished, it is expected that the Statue of unity will help bring revenue from the tourism in the area. Both domestic and international audience will come to see the statue as well as enjoy the lush green landscapes surround the site. Moreover, within the chest of the statue, visitors can also be able to see the inside of the structure, which includes micro-panels and the core, giving them an idea of how the statue was created and assembled.