Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday called the Statue of Unity “a befitting memorial to Sardar Patel”, adding that given its significance, the amount spent on erecting the statue was a “priceless investment”.
Speaking after visiting the 182-metre statue (now the tallest statue globally) in Gujarat, Naidu said his “heart was filled with emotions and pride” and the visit gave him a feeling of completeness and a sense of unity of mind and soul.
“The splendid statue represents the vision and resolve of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel towards achieving political integration of a ‘unified India’. The historic statue stands as a reminder of the struggles the Sardar had undergone in unifying India,” an official statement quoted Naidu as saying.
Saying that Patel’s vision, courage and determination led to the integration of 565 princely states and paved the way for building a modern India, he lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking up the initiative to build it.
The Vice President said he had always felt that due recognition was not given to Sardar Patel in the past.
As per Naidu, the statue, inaugurated in October 2018, would create greater awareness among the people about Sardar Patel’s monumental contribution to nation building.
Talking about the humble beginnings of Patel who hailed from a farmer’s family, he said it was “a matter of pride for all of us that a farmer was the architect of unified modern India”, the statement added. (IANS)
The world’s tallest, Statue of Unity in Gujarat built by Larsen & Toubro, has entered the globally-acclaimed 2019 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards, an official said here on Tuesday.
The WAN Awards showcase the best international design in current and future projects, and the award ceremony is likely to be held in July.
“This is a significant and deserving recognition of India’s engineering skill and project management,” S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and MD of L&T, said on the recognition for the Indian-made engineering marvel.
“The Statue of Unity was by far one of the most complex and challenging assignments we have executed and being featured along with several other global engineering marvels is a truly remarkable achievement, not only for L&T but for the entire nation,” he added.
Constructed in a record 33 months, the world’s tallest statue stands at 182 metre (597 feet) as a memorial to the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the country’s freedom struggle and the stellar role he played in unifying the country into a nation.
A staggering 6,500 tonnes of structural steel, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 210,000 tonnes of concrete and 1,700 tonnes of bronze cladding went into the making of the statue by an army of over 4,500 designers, architects, global consultants, engineers and workmen.
L&T’s Whole Time Director and Senior Executive Vice-President M.V. Satish said the Statue of Unity is not only a triumph of teamwork but also of digitalization.
“We were operating in an extremely tough terrain and hence used a range of geospatial technologies like DGNSS, terrestrial LiDAR, drone-based photogrammetry for our geological surveys and sonar for the hydrographic survey. Every one of the 6,500-odd bronze panels were RFID-tagged that rendered assembly and erection much easier,” Satish added.
The Statue of Unity — one of the few man-made objects visible from space — is situated on Sadhu Bet, 3.2 kms downstream from the Narmada Dam, comprising a complex with a museum, a memorial garden, a designer bridge connecting Sadhu Island with the mainland along the Narmada River, an internal five km-long roadway, an administrative complex, a conference centre and a star-rated hotel.
The statue, designed by Maharashtra’s legendary architect Ram V. Sutar, was conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in his characteristic style in a walking pose, rising out of a star-shaped geometric base that covers the entire Sadhu Hill.
It has a unique, slender width-to-height ratio, far more exacting than existing technical norms that called for special engineering considerations.
Two vertical cores that house high-speed passenger elevators support the steel frames to which around 6,500 bronze panels are clad.
A viewing gallery has been constructed at 135 metres, at the chest level, from where 200 visitors can take in the breathtaking views of the Narmada Dam and other landmarks.
At its height of 182 metres, it is twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York, 100 times larger than a normal human being, and at 70 feet, Sardar Patel’s face is bigger than the faces of the US Presidents cut out on Mount Rushmore in the US.