The Rs 2,980 crore-project was set into motion five years ago, when Narendra Modi, then the chief minister of Gujarat, had laid the foundation stone in the month of October in 2013. Now, the massive icon is on the verge of completion in Gujarat, said sources.
Upon its completion, this towering statue which is standing as high as 597 feet tall, will become the world’s tallest statue.
At present, China’s Spring Temple Buddha in Henan is world’s tallest statue with 128 metres high. And beating this record is definitely not a ‘simple feat’.
The ‘Statue of Unity’ is being built as a tribute to Sadar Vallabhai Patel, the country’s first deputy prime minister, at the costs of Rs 29.9 billion, said reports.
Fondly called as the ‘Iron Man of India’, Patel was highly revered for his leadership in India’s freedom struggle from the British colonial rule.
The state of art is said to be one of the pet projects of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and on completion, it is expected to boost tourism sector in the western-most state.
Once completed, the massive steel and bronze statue, which was initiated in 2013 will be nearly twice as tall as New York’s Statue of Liberty.
According to state officials, the soon-to-be world’s tallest monument is said to be built with 140,000 square meter concrete, 18,500 tonne steel, 70,000 tonne cement, and 2,000 tonne bronze bringing it close to becoming a world-class monument.
This stunning piece of art will include a high-tech convention centre, an amusement park, a memorial garden, a 50-room three-star hotel and a research centre, it said.
The ‘Statue of Unity’ as it is known, is slated to be inaugurated on October 31on the occasion of the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.