New Delhi, News24 Bureau, Oct 30: The Statue of Unity, built as a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, known as Iron Man of India, would be the tallest in the world and the quickest to be completed in just 33 months, unlike China's Spring Temple Buddha which took 11 years to complete.
Altogether, the statue is divided into five zones. Up to its shin is the first zone, comprising three levels, including an exhibit floor, mezzanine and roof. It will contain a Memorial Garden and a large museum.Zone 2 extends up to the statue's thighs at 149 metres, while Zone 3 goes up to the viewing gallery at 153 metres. Zone 4 comprises the maintenance area and Zone 5 the head and shoulders.The viewing gallery with space to accommodate up to 200 people at a time, will have a view of the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, which also form the point where Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra meet.Visitors can also get a distant view of the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir and the 12-km-long Garudeshwar Reservoir.In the lobby area at the entrance of the statue, a museum and audio visual gallery will feature 15-minute presentations on the life of Patel and the tribal culture of Gujarat on the pattern of Burj Khalifa where visitors are shown audio-visual presentations on its construction.On Dec. 15, 2013, then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi had flagged off the campaign to 1.69 lakh villages, carrying about three lakh empty kit boxes and subsequently, by 2016, 135 metric tonnes of iron was collected for the statue.At 182 metres from the road entry and 208.5 metres from the river entry, the iconic statue is taller than the 153m Spring Temple Buddha in China and almost twice the height of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in New York. The giant statue is set for inauguration by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Oct. 31.Built at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore, the Statue of Unity project, barring bronze cladding which is a fragment of the mammoth work, has been done indigenously, L&T told PTI. The statue is located approximately 3.5 km downstream from the Sardar Sarovar Dam, on Sadhu Hill on the bed of the river Narmada.