With things moving in the right direction, creating the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel – anointed the ‘Statue of Unity’ – will be unveiled well within its pre-decided schedule time. The statue is among the most ambitious projects of the Narendra Modi government. Sources associated with the project have suggested that the preliminary designs for the monument will be ready soon.
The182-m-tall statue of Sardar Patel will be set up at Sadhu Bet, an island located 3 km away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the riverbed of Narmada. A Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) was also been created specifically for the execution of the project.
“The agencies, which have been roped in, have already started their respective work. At present, geotechnical studies, soil and strata analysis and other studies are carried out at the ground level. Along with government of India agency WAPCOS, Turner Project Management – the consultant company which was supervisor for the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – are some of the agencies that have brought in for this project,” sources said.
Sharing details on the current status, the official added, “The preliminary designs for the project will be prepared soon by the end of November and presented to the steering committee. The project is moving according to schedule.” The cost of the mammoth statue project is estimated to be Rs2,500 crore and apart from funds provided by the government, money would also be raised through private donations. Many corporates have already sent in donations for the project and received tax benefits for the same.
“We are not marketing the project much for the purpose of fund raising, as the Model Code of Conduct is in effect across the state. Once the elections are over, we will be reaching out to the public for the same,” the official said.