The Statue of Unity is a proposed 182 metres (597 ft) Monument of Sardar Patel that will be created directly facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km away at the Sadhu Bet, in Gujarat state of India. The statue will showcase unity and integrity of the country, cultural and social protection, as well as peace and development of the country. An initial survey has been completed on the Sadhu Bet-proposed site of construction. More surveys and environmental clearance are required as the statue is in the middle of the river so the exact cost and time frame of the implementation of the project is not known at present time. Experts from all over the world are being invited to do various surveys on how to erect the tallest statue of the world.
The monument will built on a Public Private Partnership model, with most of the money to be raised by way of public contribution. A Centre of Excellence and Research on best practices in public administration and agriculture will also be established at the site. The area surrounding the monument will have a viewing gallery and a museum on the life of Sardar Patel.
Visitors to this statue will be able to have a panoramic view of the picturesque surroundings from a height of almost 600 ft. (wiki)
Most statues and murals that are towering high are anything but modern, and yet nothing has really displaced them of their tall and long standing glory, but all that is going to change soon as this week saw the closing at Gujarat for bids to design a $500 million statue and convention complex, that is touted to be the tallest in the world. Tagged as the ‘Statue of Unity’, the 600-feet tall statue will feature “independence leader Sardar Patel, who together with first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru worked to convince Indian princely states to join India.” Although the Statue of Liberty is no longer the tallest statue in the world any more, this new installation will be almost twice its size, while the Statue of Unity will be four times taller than Christ the Redeemer statue that looks over Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
However, the feat will take time as S. Jagdeesan, managing director of the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd., which is spearheading the project added that construction isn’t due to start for at least another year as “bidding for a construction firm and finalizing an agreement will likely take that long”. The current process only would finalize “a firm to design and oversee the statue’s construction”.
The Statue of Unity project will not just be building a statue, the $500 million project will see “a hotel and convention center, a bridge to connect the island to the mainland, and a highway to a nearby town”, with the statue will be placed on top a 20-story building which could double up as “a museum as well as a hotel and convention center”, Mr. Jagdeesan said.