India is known for its unity in diversity and the growth of India was decided by our freedom fighters and leaders who fought for its independence and gave vision to all Indians. One such great leader was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. He was called the “Iron Man of India”, and was often addressed as “Sardar” which means “Chief” or “Leader” in many languages of India. Vallabhbhai Patel (October 31, 1875 – December 15, 1950) was a political and social leader of India who played a major role in the country’s struggle for independence and subsequently guided its integration into a united, independent nation. His thoughts and vision about unity is still alive among us and to acknowledge his contribution the Government of India has paid tribute to him by construction his 182 metres statue in the midst of the Narmada River, on the islet of Sadhu Bet. Sardar Patel is credited for unifying all of the 562 princely states in pre-independence India to form what is today the Republic of India. Thus, the statue has been named ‘Statue of Unity’ as a tribute to his role.
The statue of unity is a global talk now and here are some facts about it:
1. At 182 metres, Statue of Unity is the tallest statue in the world.
2. It towers over China’s Spring Temple Buddha statue by 29 metres and the world famous Statue of Liberty by 89 metres. The height of the base of Statue of Unity is 58 metres.
3. It is located between the Satpura and the Vindhya mountain ranges near Kevadia town in Gujarat.
4. Over 3,000 workers, including 300 engineers from Larsen & Toubro (L&T), built the statue within three-and-a-half years.
5. Around 129 tonnes of iron implements were obtained from nearly 100 million farmers in 169,000 villages across all states for the statue.
6. The bronze cladding of the statue has been done by China’s Jiangxi Toqine Company (JTQ).
7. The innermost layer of the three-layered structure is made of reinforced cement concrete (RCC), steel and 8 mm bronze.
8. There is nothing unusual about the change in colour. The Statue of Liberty was originally dull brown in colour and turned green in about 30 years due to oxidation.
9. The statue will be able to withstand earthquakes and wind speed up to around 100 km per second.
10. Statue of Unity will turn from its original bronze colour to green in 100 years due to a natural aging process.
11. Four high-speed lifts are fitted in the statue’s legs. Each lift can carry 26 people to the top in just above 30 seconds.
12. The statue has a viewing gallery at 153 metres from where around 200 people can have a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, and the Satpura and Vindhyachal mountain ranges.
By – Nursing Tutor- Mrs Deepika
Department of Nursing
Uttaranchal (P.G.) College Of Bio-Medical Sciences & Hospital
Uttaranchal College of Education
College Of Nursing UCBMSH