"On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 143rd birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled his statue in Gujarat. The PM had laid its foundation 5-years ago and today the tallest statue in the entire world, has been opened for public viewing. But before you head to Gujarat to glance through this work of art, here are some interesting facts that you must know. "
"Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue or the ‘Statue of Unity’ is 597 feet tall, which means, it is double the height of the Statue of Liberty. The tallest statue in the world so far was that of the Buddha in China’s Spring Temple (177 feet). "
"This statue has been made on a record time of 33 months. As per reports, a team of more than 3000 workers and 250 engineers slogged hard to build this statue. It has been constructed by Larsen & Toubro who bought in well-known sculptor Ram V. Sutar to work on the statue’s face, in order to get it as similar as possible. "
"This statue of the Iron Man of India has been made using 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 210,000 cu.m. of cement, 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel and 6,500 tonnes of structural steel."
"The amount spent on this statue will make you go numb. Reports suggest that Rs 2,989 crore have been put in to create this statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel that showcases him walking towards Sardar Sarovar dam with the backdrop of the Narmada river. "
"Considering its height, the engineers have paid due attention to its longevity. Reports suggest that the statue is capable enough to withstand heavy winds of up to 130 km per hour and earthquakes up to 6.5 on Richter scale. "
"But at the same time, the statue is one of the weakest too due to the gap between two legs, due to the walking pose. There is a gap of almost 21 feet between two legs which makes it a little difficult for the statue to balance. However, engineers have paid due attention to this and made use of 250 tonnes of damper so that the base always stays rooted. "