Statue Of Unity – Everything You Need To Know

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Statue Of Unity
Statue Of Unity

Statue of Unity, What is that exactly? Statue of Liberty is what we all know about and definitely plan to visit once in our life. This year on the eve of Dusshera, the biggest news occupying the front page of any print media or News Channel was the inauguration of the Statute of Unity. Irony is not many are even aware of the feet of achievement it is fir the country. Statue of Unity is currently the world’s tallest building and stands proudly facing the Narmada Dam at a massive height of 182 mtr.

Located in the Narmada district of Gujarat the statue was designed by sculpture Ram V Sutar and constructed by Larsen and Turbo at a massive budget of 2,989 crore (US$420 million). The statue of Unity was built to honor the Iron Man of India, Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel, who was the main reason behind unification of the entire country into one Democracy.

 

Who was Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel exactly?

We all know about Mahatma Gandhi and Jwahara Lal Nehru and their contribution towards creation of the democratic nation, IINDIA”. However many have forgotten another man, whose contribution in creating the framework of this young new country, the real life Iron man of India, who came way before Marvel Cinamatic Universe created Iron Man on screen. Born on October 31st 1975, Sardar Vallab Bhai Patel went on to become the first Deputy Prime Minister of India. Sardar Patel had played an instrumental part of freedom of India from the British Rule and unification of the small state kingdom and monarchy under a single democratic unit.

Professionally, Sardar Patel was a Barrister who practiced law in Godhra, Anand and Borsad of Gujrat. He even had been among the very few candidates to enroll in the 36 month law course at the prestigious Middle Temple and pass out with flying color soma cum laude.

One of the forerunner decision maker  in Indo-Pak Partition, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel was perhaps the sole reason why the princely State of Nizam (Hyderabad) could be unified under the newly formed Democratic India. His contribution alongside Dr B R Ambedkar in the construction of the Constitution of India, is also another feet that can never be forgotten.

As the first Deputy PM of the country, this iconic Congress Leader was also the one who gave the country the “All India Service”, the tight framework responsible for the smooth functioning of a billion populations currently. He believed that the All India Services (IAS IPS, IFS etc) can only run smoothly if it is a separate working entity free of any political barrier.

His stoic presence and visionary mentality is perhaps the reason why he was rightly titled “Iron Man of India”

 

Interesting facts about the Statue of Unity

  • At 182 meter, the statue of Unity is twice the size of the Statue of Liberty and 30 meter higher than the previous world record holder, the Spring temple Buddha of China.
  • The statue stands facing the Narmada Dam in the front which in itself is a breathtaking view.
  • The viewing gallery is at an incredible height of 153 meter above ground and can hold 200 people at a time!
  • The Statue can withstand wind velocity of upto 60 meter per sec and is earthquake proof in spite of being on the line of Seismic belt.
  • The Sathpura and Vindya Ranges is clearly visible from the observation deck of the statue.
  • 5750 Mton Structural steel and 19000 Mton of re-enforced steel bars were used in the construction of the entire structure.
  • Recycled Iron has been used in the project that was collected through the Loha Campaign.
  • Over 15,000 permanent jobs will be allocated for the tribal on completion of the entire project.
  • A special selfie point has also been constructed for all the selfie lovers who want a personalized photo with the iconic statue.
  • The entire project was completed within the exact deadline date and quoted budget with no additional costs, which in itself is a massive feet for any Govt project ever.
  • The statue is equipped with 4 high speed lifts to transfer people from ground floor to the top.
  • Yes, China does have a role to play in the construction of largest statue in India in spite of being the biggest competitor in the race. A Chinese company was the contractor for creating the bronze cladding of the statue.
  • The sculptor of the statue is one of the most renowned sculptors of the century. Padmashri and Padma Vibhusan awarded Ram Sutar is the man behind many iconic statues all over India.
  • A museum which holds over 2000 documents and 4000 photographs has been created for the tourist and a research centre is also under construction.
  • The entire complex of the Statue of Unity consist of 4 specifically designed zones –

Zone 1: This zone has three levels including a mezzanine floor; exhibit floor and roof. As per the reports, it will have a museum and a memorial garden in the future.

Zone 2: This zone will extend till the statue’s thighs. Details about the plans for this zone are not yet available.

Zone 3: This zone goes up till the observation deck at an elevation of 153 meter, which has the ability to accommodate 200 people at a time. A 30 min time has been allotted for each batch of tourist reaching the Observation deck.

Zone 4: This section comprises the statue’s head and shoulders, and both are not accessible to visitors.

  • A special light and music laser show will be launched soon depicting the unification of the nation.
  • A shopping centre and a 3 star and a 5 star hotel is also under construction to accommodate tourist who wants to stay in the complex overnight.
  • An open lift with 360 panoramic view is also being built alongside to allow tourist to enjoy the breathtaking scenery all along their journey towards the upper deck.
  • A 17 km long stretch of Valley of Flower is being constructed that will change the entire natural flora and fauna of the region for better.

 

Statue of Unity Cost, Entry and Ticket

The entry is free for children below the age of 3.

For adults and children above 3, tickets are priced at Rs. 350 per person. This includes entry to the observation deck, valley of flowers, the Sardar Patel memorial, museum and audio-visual gallery, the Statue of Unity site and Sardar Sarovar dam.

For a basic entry ticket ( without visiting the observation deck ), which includes a visit to the valley of flowers, the Sardar Patel memorial, museum and audio-visual gallery, the Statue of Unity site and Sardar Sarovar dam, adults are charged Rs. 120. For children aged below 15, the ticket price is Rs. 60.

Timing – 9 AM to 6 PM (Open on all days)

 

Where to book tickets:

Tickets to visit and view this massive Iconic structure can be booked online or on spot right at the location.

The tickets are available online on www.soutickets.in . You can also buy tickets at the location of the statue and from Shrestha Bharat Bhavan complex, which is located 400 meter from the statue.

 

How to reach there:

The Statue of Unity complex can be reached easily via road, rail and airway.

It is located at a distance of 90 km from Vadodara and 200 km from Ahmedabad. Both these cities have Domestic airport. Nearest International Airport is Mumbai though a few International flights also travel to Ahmedabad. Mumbai is about 430 km from the location of the complex and can be reached through NH 48 or State highway 63.

The distance between Vadodara and the Narmada Dam is 93 kms and can take you around 2 hrs to reach. From the dam, the visitors would have to further travel 3.5 kms to reach an island named Sadhu Bet where the statue is located.

Best Domestic routes –

  1. From Delhi:

Nearest Airport: Vadodara

Time taken: 1hr 40 mins

  1. From Mumbai:

Nearest Railway Station: Vadodara Junction railway station

Time taken: 4 hours 30 mins

  1. From Ahmedabad:

Nearest Landmark: Sardar Sarovar Dam

Distance Covered: 200 kms by road

Time Taken: 2 hours

  1. From Pune

Nearest Railway Station: Vadodara Junction railway station

Time Taken: 9 hours

  1. From Bangalore

Nearest Airport: Vadodara

Time Taken: 2 hours 10 mins

  1. From Kolkata/ Guwahati

Nearest Airport – Vadodara

Time taken – 3 hours 30 mins

International flights from any destinations globally can be taken to either of these cities mentioned and then cab, rail or domestic air can be taken to reach the Statue complex.

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