The statue stands as a symbol of the devotion and determination of the Iron Man of India, a founding father who through his relentless efforts, succeeded in uniting all the diverse 562 princely states to build the one great Republic of India. The statue is an outstanding tribute to the titan who united India, amidst all sorts of political tribulations.
The project commenced on the 31st of October, 2013 and was unveiled on the 31st of October, 2018 which was dedicated by our current prime minister, Narendra Modi on the 143rd anniversary of Patel’s birth. Built by Larsen and Toubro, the whole project carried an estimated cost of 2,989 Crores. It took 56 months to complete – 15 months for planning, 40 months for construction and two months for handing over by the consortium.
The statue of unity is surely a milestone in India’s journey towards being a global tourist hub. On an average, 15,000 visitors are expected daily to the site. Since it is double the height of New York’s world famous Statue of Liberty, the Statue of Unity is also likely to draw a decent number of foreign tourists besides domestic visitors from all over India. There are two lifts which will take tourists up to 400 ft, close to the chest of the statue to provide a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire surrounding.
The statue is designed to withstand winds of almost 180 km/hr and earthquakes measuring 6.5 on Richter scale, thus serving as a testament to man’s architectural and engineering excellence.