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Facts about The Statue of Unity

Q: What is the height of 'Statue of Unity'?
A: 182-metre (600 feet approx.) ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicated to India’s ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Q: When will the 'Statue of Unity' be unveiled?
A: 'Statue of Unity' will be unveiled on October 31 – Sardar Patel’s birthday. Dubbed an ‘engineering marvel’ by makers Larsen & Toubro, it was built in record time.

Q: Who laid the foundation stone for the tallest statue 'Statue of Unity'?
A: The foundation stone of the Sardar Patel statue was laid by PM Narendra Modi on 31 October 2013. Built near the Narmada Dam in Gujarat, it is not only the tallest statue in the world (twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York) but also built-in shortest time.

Trivia: 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

To put its dimensions in perspective, the statue is 100 times larger than a man of an average height of about 5 to 5 and a half feet! It is three times the length of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ in Rio Dio Janerio, twice the size of ‘Statue of Liberty’ in New York and 77 feet taller than China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue (currently the tallest in the world)

Despite its gargantuan proportions, the statue can withstand a 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.

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.
A viewing gallery at the 135m levels, located in the statue’s chest, can accommodate up to 200 visitors at one time and affords a breath-taking view of the dam and its environs. From the gallery, the visitors will be able to view the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, which also form the point where Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra meet. Visitors can also get a distant view of the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir, and the 12-km-long Garudeshwar Reservoir, the latter will help ensure there is always water around the statue, which is located downstream from the Narmada dam.

The statue is designed by Noida-based sculptor Ram V Sutar who took extra care to match statue’s resemblance with Sardar Patel. Around 2000 pictures of Patel were studied from archives and historians were consulted. The statue is built on Sandhu island which is connected to the mainland from a 320-meter long designed bridge. 

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