- Statue of Unity was built at an estimated cost of Rs. 2,989 crore
- It is 3.32 km from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat
- The viewing gallery can accommodate 200 visitors at a time
Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled the 'Statue of Unity' at Kevadiya in Gujarat today. The 182-metre statue of Vallabhbhai Patel is "dedicated to the nation" on his birth anniversary in Narmada district of Gujarat. At the launch ceremony, the prime minister will pour soil and water from the river Narmada into an urn, a release from his office said.
Here are 10 key facts about Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's Statue of Unity
At 597 feet or 182 metres, the Statue of Unity is the world's tallest statue.
It is 177 feet higher than China's Spring Temple Buddha, which was the tallest statue till now.
It is twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty in New York.
The Statue of Unity was built at an estimated cost of Rs 2,989 crore.
It was designed by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and built by construction firm Larsen and Toubro and the state-run Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL).
It is situated 3.32 kilometers from the Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.
Iron was collected from all over the country for the statue of Sardar Patel.
The viewing gallery, at a height of 193 metres, can accommodate 200 visitors at a time.
A museum dedicated to Sardar Patel, at the base of the structure, will have 40,000 documents, 2,000 pictures and a research centre dedicated to Sardar Patel.
The panels of the Statue of Unity were cast in a foundry in China.