Gujarat set to build the 182-mt. tall statue of Sardar Patel, the world’s tallest one, as a tribute to the ‘Iron man of India’ Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will lay foundation stone of the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel- ‘Statue of Unity’ - near Sardar Sarovar dam in Gujarat on Oct 31 2013. Former Deputy Prime Minister of India and MP from Gandhinagar Shri LK Advani will grace the occasion with his presence. The statue will be constructed in remembrance and as a tribute to the ‘iron man of India’ and the architect of united India – Sardar Patel. The day also coincides with the Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary. The state will be erected at Sadhubet, about 3.32 km. far from Sardar Sarovar dam. The place is expected to emerge as a world-class tourist place.During this function, Mr. Advani will launch the book, ‘Hind ke Sardar’ and also the ring tone for the same title. In the foundation laying ceremony of ‘Statue of Unity’ by Mr. Narendra Modi, Mr. L.K. Advani, Speaker of Gujarat Assembly Vajubahi Vala and other senior national leaders will be present.
Sardar Patel played a pivotal role in dissolving the then princely states in one united India. Gujarat Chief Minister made it a resolve to build the statue of Sardar Patel so that the name of this great son of India is remembered for ages to come.
The statue which is going to be matchless across the whole world is aptly given the name, ‘Statue of Unity’, having the height of 182 meters that will be the tallest statue in the entire globe. It will be even three times taller than America’s most popular liberty goddess’ statue called, ‘Statue of Liberty’.
It will be constructed on Sadhubet situated around 3.32 kilometres from Sardar Sarovar dam. This statue is to be constructed under PPP model and will render excellent platform for research and developmental activities.
Further, onlookers will avail benefit to adore the wonderful scenery of Sardar dam through the spectator gallery built on at the height of 450 feet. There will be audio visual gallery, laser light and sound show demonstrating the life of Sardar Patel, virtual tour explaining an array of aspects of Sardar Sarovar Yojana, agriculture development, water management and scheduled tribe upliftment programs etc.
A museum and an exhibition center demonstrating the farsightedness and contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will be the main attractions of the venue. Ferry services will also be made available to help the visitors reach the statue.
For constructing this statue, most advanced and long-lastingly efficient designs and technologies will be used. Made up of structural steel framework, this statue can sustain during adverse weather and will be resistant to heavy winds and earthquake. Damper and perforated penal are used to construct this statue in order to resist the wind load.
Chief Minister Narendra Modi says, ‘‘The significance of this statue isn’t merely in feet or meters but will be much more valued for the educational, historical, national and spiritual values. My dream is to develop this place as a source of inspiration for ages to come”.
‘Statue of Unity’ will truly pay glowing tribute to the ‘Ironman’ on his birth anniversary.