The Statue of Unity is a monument dedicated to Indian independence movement leader Vallabhbhai Patel. It was designed by Indian sculptor Ram V. Sutar and was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on 31st October, 2018 on the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Initially the total cost of the project was estimated to be about ₹3,001 crore (US$420 million) by the Government of India. Later Larsen & Toubro won the contract in October 2014 for its lowest bid of ₹2,989 crore (US$420 million) for the design, construction and maintenance, which further sub-leased the bronze cladding of the statue to TQ Art Foundry, part of the Jiangxi Toqine Metal Crafts Co Ltd. in Nanchang, China. The construction was started on 31 October 2014 and completed in mid-October 2018.
As a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR), ONGC spent Rs 50 crore; OIL and HPCL of Rs 25 crore and IOCL donated Rs 21.83 crore respectively, according to the annual reports of the above mentioned PSUs.
The expenditure of over Rs 121 crore, led to a three-fold hike in CSR spends by the top 100 National Stock Exchange-listed firms by market capitalization in FY17 under National Heritage initiatives as compared to the previous fiscal year.
The one who won over British leaders in the Satyagrah of Kheda and Bardoli, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was the Bismarck of Modern India, who led the welfare of farmers. He is renowned as the architect of independent India, as he united all diverse 562 princely states to build one great Republic of India. Shri Narendra Modi decided to pay honorable tribute which will be cherished for centuries by the whole world and it will become a matter of pride for every Indian for this great man. Built in less than five years, it is the world’s tallest, grandest and giant statue. It is a tribute to the man who united India
The site of Statue of Unity is located in the Indian state of Gujarat. It is located facing the Narmada Dam, 3.2 km (2.0 mi) away on the river island called Sadhu Bet near Rajpipla in Gujarat. The monument along with its surroundings occupies over 20,000 square metres, and is surrounded by a 12 square km artificial lake. It is the world’s tallest statue with the height of 182 metres (597 ft).Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET), a special purpose vehicle was established by the Government of Gujarat for its construction and the outreach programme was carried out across India starting December 2013.