The Statue of Unity in India has acquired the title of the tallest statue of the world being 597 ft or 55 storeys tall. It has shattered all records eclipsing the 502 ft high Spring Buddha Temple in China – which had been the tallest till now. Constructed as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhai Patel – the Iron Man of India, the statue was unveiled today in Gujarat. The statue is a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in his traditional garb in a walking pose. The total cost of the soaring project is estimated to be a whopping Rs 3,000 Crore. Whether that kind of money should have been put into building a statue is highly debatable. Wonder what a living Sardar Patel would have said to that. Also Read - Major Setback For Congress in Gujarat as 2 Party MLAs Resign Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls
The statue is double the height of Statue of Liberty and four times that of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. It has marginally taken the limelight off of the other gigantic figurines that are well-known across the world such as the Spring Temple Buddha in Henan, China ; Laykyun Setkyar Standing Buddha, Myanmar; Ushiku Daibutsu, Ushiku Japan; and The Peter the Great Statue, Moscow, Russia. Also Read - Cyclone Nisarga: Three Dead, Trees Uprooted But Mumbai Spared Major Damage | Key Developments
The Statue of Unity is a two-hour drive from the Vadodara airport and a 3.5-hour drive from the city of Ahmedabad. Considering the hordes of tourists it’ll attract, the statue and surrounding area will be accessed by special boats. A 3.5km long highway too is underway to allow swift movement to tourists.
Those who visit the statue will also get to experience a Valley of Flowers (the garden area), the memorial, museum, an audio-visual gallery and the Sardar Sarovar Dam. About 2,500 workers including several hundred Chinese labourers have worked tirelessly around the clock to bring us the structure.
A three-star hotel with 52 rooms and two tent cities with 250 tents are currently being worked on to accommodate the hordes of history buffs and travellers that will flock to the statue. The statue will be open for public viewing from 3 November onward.