The Statue of Unity will be double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the USA and five times taller than the Statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The construction is estimated to cost Rs 2063 crore and will be completed in four years.
p The 182-metre tall statue will be erected on a small rocky island in the middle of the Narmada riverbed facing Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia. The statue will have steel framing, reinforced cement concrete, and bronze coating.
p The iron to be used in the construction of the Statue will come for farmers. A team of BJP workers is to start connecting farmers to collect their iron farming tools from December 15. The farming iron collected from farmers in the form of used tools is only a symbolic contribution highlighting the participation of farmers in the idea of paying tribute to Sardar. Since it is only a symbolic contribution, only 1 piece of metal not weighing more than a few kilogrammes would be taken from an entire village (which would be donated collectively by the residents of the village). However, not all the iron pieces donated by farmers will be used to build the main statue. The pieces not fit for the main statue will be used in other structures within the complex. The remaining iron will be procured from the Steel Authority of India.
p A heavy-load open lift with a panoramic view will be built alongside the Statue. Visitors will be able to rise up to the height of the structure’s head, walk into a viewing gallery and enjoy a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Nigam project and the surrounding region from an astounding height of close to 400ft.
p The observation deck at 500ft can accommodate 200 people at a time. The panoramic view from this level will enable visitors to see the beautiful Satpuda and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the 256 kms long Sardar Sarovar Reservoir and the 12kms long Garudeshwar Reservoir.