– The Statue of Unity, designed by Padma Bhushan sculptor Ram Suthar, depicts Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first Home Minister and architect of united India, wearing a traditional dhoti and shawl, facing Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river.
– Standing tall at 182 meters, this is the tallest Statue in the world.
– The base of the Statue stands above the highest flood level recorded over a 100-year period, 237.35 m above sea level.
-It can withstand wind speed of upto 200 kmph, and earthquakes measuring 6.5 on Richter Scale at a depth of 10 km and within a radius of 12 km of the Statue.
– Foundation stone was laid in October 2013 by then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, now Prime Minister .
– Built in 33 months by Larsen & Toubro Limited (L&T) using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 24,000 tonnes of steel and about 1,700 tonnes of bronze. Total 250 engineers and 3,700 workers were engaged in the construction.
– Statue’s surface (skin) has 553 bronze panels – each panel has 10-15 micro panels – made at a Chinese foundry, as there was no facility available in India to make panels of this scale.
– Total project cost Rs 2,989 crore (US$ 407 million), mostly funded by State and Central government through Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET).
– L&T to maintain and handle operations of the structure for 25 years.
– Metal scrap (mainly agriculture equipment scrap) was collected from the 6 lakh villages under the ‘Loha Campaign’ from across the country.
– Developed on the banks of River Narmada on Sadhu Bet – 3.2 km downstream of Sardar Sarovar Dam, visitors can have a view of 200 km of the Dam and the Satpura and Vindhya Mountain ranges from a viewing platform at the level of the statue’s chest.
– The Statue has two high-capacity elevators with speed of 4 meters per second to reach the viewing platform at 153 meter.
– Inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary on October 31, 2018, it will open for public from November 1.
– Tickets can be booked online via www.soutickets.in or mobile app or purchase tickets at the counter. Charges for adults is Rs 120 and for kids it is Rs 60 to visit the memorial, statue site and Sardar Sarovar Dam. Tickets for observation deck costs Rs 350.
– There is also large audio-visual exhibition gallery, spread across 4647 sq.mt area with an automated ramp. A museum and a memorial is constructed at the base showcasing artefacts and documents from the life of Sardar Patel.
– Cafeteria and a 3-star hotel accommodation will be available in the middle of the hills of Narmada forest and the nearest airport woule be Vadodara, about 90 kms.
– A special tent city will be set up with 250 tents spread across 70,000 sqft to provide tourists an experience of night stay on the banks of Narmada. It will be powered by solar energy with panels capable to generate 250 kw power.
– The Statue has 17 km-long Valley of Flowers having 100 varieties of flowers. Selfie Points in 5-km radius around the Statue is also constructured.
– An army of 100 cleaners will be deployed to keep the premises clean and about 80 trained tourist guides