Larsen & Toubro has got the Rs.2,989-crore order to build a 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, slated to be the tallest in the world, in Gujarat.
The Statue of Unity project will be built at Sadhu-Bet Island, approximately 3.5 km south of the Sardar Sarovar Dam in the Narmada district of Gujarat. The project was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was then chief minister of Gujarat, on October 31, 2013, the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel. Upon its completion in 2018, it would be taller than the 153-meter Spring Temple Buddha statue in China and double the height of the Statue of Liberty in the US.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), the nodal agency for execution of the project, handed over the letter awarding the project to L&T's Subrahmanyan on Monday in the presence of Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel and her Cabinet.
Besides installing the statue, L&T will also build the complex around it that will include a museum and audio visual gallery ,a research centre, hospitality and entertainment centre and a bridge connecting the island from the mainland.
The statue will have a steel frame with over 13,000 bronze panels fitted on it. It will use 75,000 cubic metres of concrete, 5,700 metric tonne of structural steel, 18,500 steel rods and 22,500 metric tonnes of bronze.L&T will also maintain and manage the project site for 15 year after completion of construction for which it will be paid Rs.657 crore.