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The tallest statue in the world – India officially unveils the Statue of Unity

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Currently the tallest statue in the world is the Unity Statue in India, which is a colossal statue of the Indian statesman and founding father Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The monument is located on a river island in the Narmada district of Gujarat. The collaboration with Michael Graves Architecture & Design resulted in the tallest statue in the world, reaching 182 meters, almost twice the height of New York’s Statue of Liberty.

Impressive architecture for the tallest statue in the world

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The monument represents Sardar Patel, who was a leader and independence fighter who united the different states of the country to establish a republic. Patel, who died in 1950, is commonly referred to as the architect of independent India. The statue and its surroundings take up more than 2 hectares and are surrounded by an artificial lake measuring 12 square kilometers.

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The monument was created by the builders of Larsen & Toubro, which received approximately US $ 420 million for planning, construction and maintenance in October 2014. Construction began on October 31, 2014, and the major architectural project was completed in less than five years.

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The tallest statue in the world consists of two semi-connected, cylindrical parts made of concrete, which are supported by a steel structure. This also carries the outer cladding. A gallery with a view at a height of 152 meters offers a view of the Sardar Sarovar dam and the nearby mountain ranges. The on-site facilities also include a visitor center and garden, and the architects have also designed streets that connect the site to the surrounding community.

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“The statue will not only stand tall in feet and feet, but much more in terms of scientific, historical, national and spiritual values,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “My vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for the centuries to come.”

Realization of the project

Of course, the island was technically not yet a natural occurrence. As you can imagine, the stunning statue required a tricky technique and complex reinforcement to build such a foundation on just a pseudo-island or, like MGA & D this describes supporting a ledge in the middle of the Naramada river bed. Only after a weir was built downstream (and the water level rose by 6 meters) was the river bed sunk.

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In addition to the construction of statues, the architectural office has also designed streets and, above all, a fully occupied visitor center that highlights the figure of the leader and shows the memories of his life’s work as a social person.

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Patel’s struggle for India’s independence and his ability to shape the world prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revive the statesman’s resemblance. What started out as a rocky pseudo-island has become more of a refuge for the tallest statue in the world.

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The statue was officially inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Naredra Modi, and the detail in the photo above shows the incredible scale of the structure. It took 56 months to complete – 15 months for planning, 40 months for construction and two months for consortium handover. The materials required were 75,000 cubic meters of concrete, 5,700 tons of steel construction and 20,400 tons of other steel elements.

The tallest statue in the world – problems

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Local tribesmen of the Tadvi tribe refused to purchase land for the development of the tourist infrastructure around the statue. They were offered cash and shore compensation and jobs were offered. Activists such as Medha Patkar and Gladson Dungdung have also spoken out against the project. They also claimed that Sadhu Bet was originally named Varata Bawa Tekri, after a local deity, and was thus a place of religious importance.

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Environmental activists have also written a letter to the central government claiming that project implementation has started without approval from the Environment Ministry. The residents of Kevadia, Kothi, Waghodia, Limbdi, Navagam and Gora opposed the construction of the statue and demanded the return of land rights to 375 hectares of land previously acquired for the dam and the formation of a new Garudeshwar sub-district.

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They also refused to establish the Kevadia Area Development Authority (KADA) and build the Garudeshwar Weir Cumeway Project. The Gujarat government accepted their demands.