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The Statue of Unity


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Overall scope and info of the project:

(Lazy as I am, have copied all the info from Wikipedia)

The Statue of Unity is a proposed 182 metres (597 ft) Monument of Sardar Patel that will be created directly facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km away at the Sadhu Bet, in Gujarat state of India.

The statue will showcase unity and integrity of the country, cultural and social protection, as well as peace and development of the country.

An initial survey has been completed on the Sadhu Bet-proposed site of construction. More surveys and environmental clearance are required as the statue is in the middle of the river so the exact cost and time frame of the implementation of the project is not known at present time. Experts from all over the world are being invited to do various surveys on how to erect the tallest statue of the world.

The monument will built on a Public Private Partnership model, with most of the money to be raised by way of public contribution. A Centre of Excellence and Research on best practices in public administration and agriculture will also be established at the site. The area surrounding the monument will have a viewing gallery and a museum on the life of Patel.

Visitors to this statue will be able to have a panoramic view of the picturesque surroundings from a height of almost 600 ft.
 

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Comparing with other major statues around the world:

 

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Location of the statue:

Around 3 k.m. downstream from the Sardar Sarovar Dam

 

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In Gujarati



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Sardar Patel statue to cost Rs 2,000 cr


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GANDHINAGAR: It's official. The proposed 182-metre high statue of Sardar Patel downstream of the Narmada dam will cost Rs 2,000 crore as against earlier estimates of Rs 1,000 crore.

The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) has invited expressions of interest from reputed consultants for the project. Already, state government officials are in talks with builders of Burj Khalifa - Samsung Construction & Technology (C&T) - to take up the project.

The state government proposes to rope in Gujarati diaspora, top business houses and general public to collect money for the project.

While officials in the SSNNL claimed money may not be a problem, a top aide of chief minister Narendra Modi said, "One has to take into account cost escalation while building such kind of a statue. It is possible that by the time the state government floats tenders, the cost of the project would have escalated to Rs 2,500 crore".

The Gujarat government has collected Rs 55 crore for the high-profile project. Of this, Rs 50 crore has been collected from different state public sector undertakings, while Rs 5 crore has been contributed by Adani group. The PSUs have provided money from their corporate social responsibility funds.

Called Statue of Unity, to be built on Sadhu island which is about 3.5 km downstream of Narmada dam, the state government has formed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust to implement the project.

As per the official note, the consultant will be required to do overall area planning, including spaces for hospitality, health, education, convention and training centres, development and formulation of tourism plan and provide technical and managerial assistance for bids to invite EPC contract.
 

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Sardar statue plan gets bigger



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A meeting of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) chaired by Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday cleared a proposal to connect the Vadodara city to Kevadiya, where the Rs 2,500-crore “Statue of Unity” of Sardar Patel is to be built, with a Metro rail and a six-lane highway.

SVPRET is a special purpose vehicle formed to construct the 182-metre high statue of Sardar Patel, which would be the tallest in the world once it’ built on Narmada river near the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP) dam site.

Today’s meeting was held on the sidelines of a larger meeting for the Metro rail project.

The SVPRET expects that one lakh tourists will visit the site daily once the statue is built and hence the Metro and Highway projects.

A bridge from Kevadia to the statue, convention centre, memorial garden, amusement park and a hotel are also planned.

In the meeting today, it was decided to hire a world-class consultant for the project management and construction.

Six important studies, including total survey of the project, variation in water levels, wind and water velocity, a seismic survey and a model study have been completed for the statue project.
 

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Burj Khalifa consultant firm gets Statue of Unity contract



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GANDHINAGAR: An international consortium, led by Turner Project Management - the project management consultants of Burj Khalifa - on Tuesday signed an agreement with the Gujarat government for "engineering, design and contract management" to construct the 182-metre-high Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel.

Dubai's Burj Khalifa happens to be the world's tallest building, while the Sardar statue, in the midst of Narmada river, is proposed as the tallest statue of the world. Other partners in the consortium, apart from US-based Turner, include Michael Graves and Associates, also from the US, and Mindheart from Germany.

The Statue of Unity will cost Rs 2,500 crore, the agreement says, and it will be built under the supervision of the consortium, which will charge Rs 56 crore for the job. During the first year and three months, the consortium will prepare master plan of the project and finalize contract bid documents. In the next 40 months, it will supervise the construction activity, and in the last two months, it will hand over the statue. In all, it will take 56 months to complete the Statue of Unity.

The formal agreement, signed in the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) in Sachivalaya, says, the consortium will carry out technical and financial feasibility of building the statue, including its pre-investment planning, detail a financial and revenue model, prepare a tourism plan for the area surrounding the statue, and manage the bid process for choosing the contractor to build the statue.

Apart from the statue, the agreement says, the consortium will have to conceptualize "the bridge that will connect the statue in the Narmada river, off the Narmada dam on Sadhu bet, the approximately 3.5 km road connecting the project to the town of Kevadia, the memorial and the visitor centre buildings, the memorial garden, the hotel and convention centre, and miscellaneous support structures."

For all this, the agreement says, the consortium will have to supervise on a continuous basis in order to ensure that the work is of the highest order, carry out in-situ and ex-situ inspection, and assist dispute resolution.
 

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Some views of the project




Shows the scale of the project

 

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Existing statue of Sardar Patel at the Ahmedabad Airport




The SS Dam

 

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Rushabh you forget this :)

After Olympic success, global firm game for Narmada

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GANDHINAGAR: Top international engineering and design consultants, Atkins - involved in projects to improve transport and public space ahead of the London 2012 Olympics - is learnt to have shown keen interest in a major tourism project along the Narmada river.

Well-placed Sachivalaya sources have told TOI that senior Atkins executives met Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) officials a few days back after they learnt that the Gujarat government has decided to develop the 80-km stretch along the Narmada river from the proposed Sardar Statue site in Sadhu Tekra to Bharbhut, where the river merges into the sea, as a top tourism hub.

"The talks with Atkins were preliminary. They showed interest in developing tourism infrastructure in the area, including a 65-km-long six-lane road from Vadodara to Kevadia colony, two railway lines from Tankhala to Kevadia (13-km stretch) and Rajpipla to Kevadia (22-km stretch) and overall landscaping," a senior official said. "They also took interest in a futuristic project of a metro rail from Vadodara to Sadhu Tekra."

Sardar Patel's statue is proposed to be 182-meters high, tallest in the world. Turner Construction, consultants for the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa of Dubai, was recently appointed as project management consultant for the Sardar Statue plan.

The decision to develop the tourism corridor along the Narmada river was taken at a recent high-level meeting at chief minister Narendra Modi's residence in Gandhinagar. A presentation made at the meeting said, a separate notified authority, on lines of Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (AUDA), will be set up to execute the project, whose initial cost is expected to around Rs 5,000 crore.

"This includes the cost to build the statue, six-lane road from Vadodara to Kevadia Colony, which is next to the Sadhu Tekra, rail link from Vadodara and Rajpipla to Kevadia, and a new bridge on Narmada," an official, who had participated in the high-level meeting, said.

A pre-feasibility study will have to be commissioned in order to assess viability of the tourism corridor project.

"Discussions at the CM's residence, held under the auspices of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust, revealed that Narmada waters will remain perpetually filled up in the 80-km-long Kevadia-Bharbhut stretch because of the proposed barrage on Narmada river at Bharbhut."

This will convert the whole area into a huge 80-km lake, where water sports can be promoted. "We can also have amusement parks, three and four star hotels, and other tourism activities next to the river. The pre-feasibility study will reveal what all can be done in this area," the official said.
 

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Thanks, this one was important...:)
 

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Quite honestly i dont like the design of the statue. I know Sardar Patel was not a model type but still they could have come up with a better design which is also pleasing to the eyes.

The design in the opening post doesnt seem feasible though, the statue is standing on two thin legs where as all the other statues have a broader base to allow stability. May be they can do something like lincon sitting on a couch or something similar. I also think that off white color will suit better.

Just my two paisas.
 
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