“By Common Endeavour, we can raise the country to a new greatness; while a lack of unity will expose us to fresh calamities” – Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Eight years after putting forth this ambitious endeavor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, introduced the Statue of Unity – the world’s biggest statue which is 182-meter tall statue assembled in honor of freedom fighter and India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. It is designed by Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan Ram Vanji Sutar, a 93-year-old sculptor and Tagore award winner. The statue stands on Sadhu island around the Narmada river in Gujarat and is double the height of the Statue of Liberty of the USA making it the world’s tallest statue.
Dedicating the statue to the country, PM Modi stated, “Sardar Patel’s Statue of Unity is a response to those who question the existence of India. The height of the statue would be to remind the youth that the future of the nation is going to be as enormous as this statue. It is a symbol of our technology and engineering affordability.”
Sardar Patel for One India, Fabulous India, United India:
The pre-independence phase in 1947 for India was critical. The end of colonial rule was sure and so was India’s Partition, however, what was questionable was whether there would be in more than one partition. Costs were rising; food deficiencies were usual yet far beyond everything else, the solidarity of India was under extreme strain.
It was in these conditions that the States Department appeared in June 1947. Among the main points of this division was to give catalyst support and preference to negotiations in regards to India’s association with the more than 550 augustly states, which were as different as they could get, be it in size, the populace, landscape or economically.
In vintage Sardar Patel style, he did his work with firmness, precision, and administrative proficiency. Time was less, and the task was colossal; yet this was no ordinary individual, it was Sardar Patel, who was solid on not to disappoint his country. One by one, he and his group consulted the regal states and guaranteed that they all turned into a piece of free India. It had been due to an around-the-clock attempt of Sardar Patel that the map of India is what it’s today!
He was also an expert administrator. His experience in governance, particularly in the 1920s when he first worked with Ahmedabad municipality, was beneficial because he worked towards strengthening India’s administrative frame. In Ahmedabad, he did a commendable job in ensuring the cleanliness of the city. He guaranteed drainage systems that were clean and working across the city. He also focused on other facets of urban infrastructure like roads, electricity, and education.
Currently, if India is known for a lively cooperative industry, a considerable part of the credit goes to Sardar Patel. The roots of Amul – India’s largest dairy production industry, can be traced back to his vision for empowering local communities, especially women. It was Sardar Patel who also popularized the idea of cooperative housing societies, therefore ensuring dignity and shelter for many.
Sardar Patel had mainly two traits – integrity and trust. The farmers of India had unparalleled faith in him. He had been a Kisan Putra (A farmer’s son), that led the Bardoli Satyagraha. The working class saw him as a beam of hope, a leader who would talk for them. Traders and industrialists chose to work with Sardar Patel because they felt he was a stalwart who had a vision for India’s industrial and economic growth.
The Ironman of India is respected amongst all ages, caste, and creed! Moreover, Sardar Patel Birth Anniversary this year becomes more special for all Indians with Statue of Unity inauguration.
Statue of Unity Facts:
In 2013, the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. In a span of five years, the entire statue is standing tall with some surprising facts:
- With an investment of about 3,050 crores and 4500 migrants’ workers who worked day-and-night to meet the deadline of 42 months to complete it.
- The viewing gallery of the statue is 153 meters and will accommodate 200 people at one time and provides an expansive view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. The statue will have the ability to withstand wind speed around 60 m/s, earthquakes and vibration.
- A ’Loha’ Campaign helped build the base of the statue. A special purpose vehicle set up by Narendra Modi in 2011 called Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) collected around 129 tonnes of iron implements contributed by 100 million farmers from 169,000 villages across India. A unity in real terms has built this Statue of Unity.
- The RCC towers, that in the base shape of Patel’s dhoti-clad thighs have two lifts each. Each lift may take 26 people towards the gallery in only over half a minute.
- The statue is a layer-based construction. The innermost layer consists from reinforced cement concrete (RCC), consisting of 2 towers 127 meters high which increase until the statue’s torso. The next coating is steel construction and the second an 8-millimeter bronze cladding in the surface.
- The Statue of Unity will include two semi-joined, composite concrete cylindrical cores, surrounded with a structural metal space framework to support the outside cladding. 5700 Mton of structural steel and reinforcement bars of 18500Mton were utilized to construct the statue.
The Statue of Unity is an image of both the solidarity of hearts and the geographical integrity of our homeland. It is an update that divided, we may not be even ready to confront ourselves, but when united, we can face the world and scale new statures of development and eminence. We at Atlas SoftWeb ask all of you to visit the Statue of Unity in the occasions to come and share your experience with us!
Image Credit: Michael Graves Architecture & Design