Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the ‘Statue of Unity’, a 182-metre giant structure built in honour of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, near the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat’s Narmada district on Wednesday.
Touted as the world's tallest, the statue is twice the height of Statue of Liberty and is built on an islet, Sadhu Bet. As soon as Modi unveils the statue, three IAF planes would fly past and create the tricolour in the sky by emitting saffron, white and green colours, said an official release on Tuesday.
#WATCH: #StatueOfUnity in Gujarat's Kevadiya. The world’s tallest statue, with the height of 182 metres, will be inaugurated tomorrow on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. pic.twitter.com/0udIob1pL0— ANI (@ANI) October 30, 2018
Here are some interesting facts about Statue of Unity:
# Tourists can see the dam and nearby mountain ranges from a gallery created at the height of 135 metres inside the statue. The gallery can accommodate 200 visitors at one go
# The statue has been built using over 70,000 tonnes of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforcement steel, 6,000 tonnes of structural steel and 1,700 metric tonnes of bronze, which was used for the outer cladding of the structure, according to the government statement.
# According to reports, the Statue of Unity was built in a record 33 months. Designed by the Ram V Sutar, a sculptor from Noida, the statue is built by Larsen & Toubro.
# Cost of constructing the Statue of Unity is estimated at Rs. 2,989 crores.
# The Shrestha Bharat Bhavan adjacent to the Statue of Unity is designed to be a 128-key, 3-star hotel facility with food service, guest amenities, and conference facilities.