The Statue of Unity is a monument which is framed in the memory of great leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was known as the Ironman of India. It is located in Gujarat with a height of 182 meters facing the Narmada Dam. It is estimated that this statue will occupy almost 20000 square meters of the area and will also be surrounding a wide range of artificial lake. Why would it not, it is going to be the world’s tallest statue. This statue is in its final countdown to being inaugurated.
Who Was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel?
Before we proceed with the article, you might be curious to know who the great leader this monument is meant for was. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the first deputy Prime Minister of India of free India. He was born on 31st October 1875 and popularly known as Sardar Patel. He was very fond of Mahatma Gandhi. He fought for the Independence and laid very revolutionary movements during that time. He was also given the title of “Patron Saint of India’s civil servants” as the modern All India Services System is established by him. A commemoration was introduced by the government of India in 2014, which says 31st October will be known as the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was also called the “unifier of India”.
About The Monument The Statue of Unity
The attention towards this epic project was drawn by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET). Its construction was started on 31 October 2014 with an estimated amount of 2,989 crores and will end approx mid-October 2018. This statue is about to be inaugurated on 31st October 2018 by our honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This announcement was made by the Chief Minister of Gujarat Vijay Rupani in mind September 2018.
This touchstone monument will also consist of a unique museum and an amazing audiovisual department which will throw light upon the sacrifices and the hardships of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s life. Entire summary of these leaders life would be represented here. Let us get to know more about this magnificent statue-
- This stage you will be called the “Statue of Unity”.
- It would depict as a symbol of the country’s unity and integrity.
- It would be twice as the size of New York’s Statue of Liberty.
- It is located 200 km from Ahmedabad.
- 2500 workers including some of the Chinese are working on this magnificent project.
- This that you will become rising a viewing. 153 m from the ground.
- It has the caliber to withstand velocity, vibrations, and earthquakes.
- 22500m tons of cement is used for the statue.
Major Significances of The Statue of Unity
Most of us might be thinking that way to invest such a huge amount on a monument. Well, the facts mentioned below will clear your mind with this. Once after the inauguration of this monument, it is estimated that it would generate 15,000-20,000 jobs for tribal people every year. This monument will also be a center attraction of tourists as the world’s monuments do for us. Yes, it is located near to the water source most of the transportation will be shifted through small boats in order to avoid the traffic.
Loha Campaign For Statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – The Statue of Unity
You would be amazed to know that the iron used in this monument is collected from the Loha Campaign. It is an initiative which is meant to uplift the people at rural level and to increase their social engagement at the organization level. In this, the used iron tools or farming implements are collected as a tribute to the great leader from the farmers of the Nation. Its first two sessions were held in 2013 & 2014. As Sardar Patel himself was born in a farmer’s family, what else could be more satisfying than watching this? He also laid several farmers’ revolutions during his period of rule which is entirely appreciable even now. It brings our hearts high that till date around 1, 69,000 Loha kits have been collected by the farmers.
This monument will be located on the Narmada Dam which would be a huge blend to see. The officials of Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) have said that the land around his statue was finalized very ago to construct the guesthouses and places for the Peoples to visit. The chief secretary of Gujarat JN Singh has made several declarations where he directly said that “there are grand plans for the inauguration of this beautiful monument as well as for the tourism in Kevadi. Chief Minister of the state has invited other states representatives to witness the glorious movement which symbolizes the unity with our respected Sardar Patel stood for”.