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5 interesting facts about Modi's Statue of Unity

Last updated on: October 31, 2013 11:27 IST

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Amidst the row over the legacy of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel between the Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP veteran leader LK Advani will lay the foundation stone for the 'Statue of Unity' in Narmada district on Thursday.

Here are 5 interesting facts about Modi's Statue of Unity

1) The Statue of Unity will be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the USA and five times taller than the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The construction is estimated to cost Rs 2063 crore, and will be completed in four years.

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The proposed 182-meter tall Sardar Patel's statue will be erected on a small rocky island in the middle of the Narmada riverbed facing Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia. The statue will have steel framing, reinforced cement concrete, and bronze coating.

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It is believed that the iron to be used in the contruction of the statue will come for farmers in the region. Soon after Modi flags off the project, a team of BJP workers will start connecting with farmers to collect iron from their farming tools. 

The agricultural iron collected from farmers in the form of used tools is only a symbolic contribution highlighting the participation of farmers in the idea of paying tribute to Sardar. Since it is only a symbolic contribution, only 1 piece of metal not weighing more than a few kilograms would be taken from an entire village (which would be donated collectively by the residents of the village) and hence would not be a burden on the farmers.

The metal will be used in a re-melted or compacted form in the construction of parts of the statue and other structures around it in an artistic way to represent the contribution from people from different parts of the country.

However, not all the iron pieces donated by farmers will be used to build the main statue. The pieces not fit for the main statue will be used in other structures within the complex. The remaining iron will be procured from the Steel Authority of India.

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A heavy-load open lift with a panoramic view will be built alongside the Statue of Unity.

Visitors will be able to rise up to the height of the structure’s head, walk into a viewing gallery and enjoy a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Nigam project and the surrounding region from an astounding height of close to 400ft.

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The observation deck at 500ft can accommodate 200 people at a time.

The panoramic view from this level will enable visitors to see the beautiful Satpuda and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the 256kms long Sardar Sarovar Reservoir and the 12kms long Garudeshwar Reservoir







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