One of the eight wonders of SCO, The colossal epitome of unity, integrity, compassion and faith enchants history and diverse culture of ‘Incredible India’. The gigantic 182m statue personifies The Iron man of India in his true nature and opulence of character. Sardar Vallabhai Patel, first deputy prime minister and home minister of independent India collated the vibrant and diverse cultures, cuisines and sentiments while uniting the princely states together. This wonderous marvel is located on a river-facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on river Narmada in Kevadiya colony, 62 miles southeast of the city of Vadodara 93 miles from Surat which can be seen from a radius of 7km. The height 182m, signifying the no. of seats of legislative assemblies, makes it twice taller than the statue of liberty(approx.) and ten times taller than an avg. height of a human being(5”5). The head is up, a shawl flung from shoulders and hands are on the side as if he is set to walk are some notable remarks sculpted by Ram V. Sutar. The enigmatic charisma of the statue’s face and posture have sorted their resemblance from the statue at Ahemdabad International Airport.
Larsen and Turbo employed
3,000 workers and 250 engineers for 57 months to create this magnificent tourist destination. The core of the statue used 210 thousand cubic metres of concrete cement, 65 hundred tonnes of structural steel, and 185 hundred tonnes of reinforced steel. The outer structure is made up of
17 hundred tonnes of bronze plates and 18 hundred tonnes of bronze cladding which in turn consist of 565 macro and 6000 micro panels. The complex is divided into five zones as its base to the level of Patel’s shins is the first zone dispersed into three levels and includes an exhibition area, mezzanine and roof. Zone 1
comprises of a memorial garden and a museum. One can view till Patel’s thighs from the second zone, while the third extends up to the viewing gallery. While the final zones comprise the head and shoulders of the statue.
Gear Foundation’s cactus garden homes more than 500 cactus in a land area of 836sq m. Ekta Nursery, Vishwa Van, arogya Van, bharat van, butterfly garden are some other sites to count upon. One can cycle through tour de zirvani and tour de khilwani. Ekta Mall, Gurdeshwar wier are some of the other attractions.
This statue marks its presence in Asia’s Records Book. For more information, please visit asiasrecordsbook.com