Among the numerous achievements of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government has been the establishment of the Statue of Unity in honour of India’s first deputy Prime Minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. PM Modi once again highlighted the stunning visual of the tallest statue in the world as he posted a video of the monument from mid-air on his way to Rajasthan.
Sharing the video on Instagram, PM Modi wrote, “Great to catch a glimpse of the #StatueOfUnity on the way to Rajasthan!”
It’s a well-known fact that the Statue of Unity is visible from space too. Previously, in December, PM had tweeted how his friends were able to see the Statue of Unity on the Delhi-Mumbai flight.
India’s ode to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity, has taken its place atop the list of the world's tallest statues, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiling his brainchild on October 31 while commemorating the 143rd birth anniversary of the 'Iron Man of India.
The architectural marvel that honors India’s first Deputy Prime Minister stands 182-meters-tall (240m tall including the base of the structure), and was, remarkably, erected in just 33 months. Let’s take a look at its growth:
The statue was conceived and envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2010 when he was still the Chief Minister of Gujarat, and the project commenced in October 2013 following his laying of the foundation stone, when engineering and construction major Larsen & Toubro took over construction. It further took 33 months, 3,000 workers, 180,000 cubic meters of concrete, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 6,500 tonnes of structured steel, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding -- an expenditure of Rupees 2,989 crore for the construction of the world's tallest statue.