Two high speed lifts fitted inside the legs of the statue will take guests to the Visitors' Gallery near the chest of the statue, which will provide them with a breathtaking view of the handsome Narmada Valley. At the same time, a team of Jaguar fighter aircraft will also fly, and a team of MI-17 choppers will shower rose petals on the statue.
At 600-feet high, the tribute to independence icon Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will stand well taller than the next largest statue in the world, the Spring Temple Buddha in China. While Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi will inaugurate it on the 134th birth anniversary of Sardar Patel on 31st October, the statue will also become a representative and inspiration of Unity, Integrity and Peace across the globe. At 182 metres from the road entry and 208.5 metres from the river entry, the iconic statue is taller than the 153m Spring Temple Buddha in China and nearly twice the height of the world-famous Statue of Liberty in NY.
The Rs 3,050 crore project, fully funded by the Gujarat government, was brought to fruition by Padma Bhushan-winning sculptor Ram V Sutar and intricate bronze cladding work by a Chinese foundry, the Jiangxi Toqine Company (JTQ). More then 70,000 tonnes of cement, 24,000 tonnes of steel and about 1,700 tonnes of bronze have gone into its construction.
"The Statue of Unity" project was announced by Modi back in 2010 when he was still the chief minister for the state of Gujarat.
The statue rises out of a star-shaped, geometric base that covers the entire Sadhu Bet.
Anand Mazgaonkar, a community group leader in Narmada district of Gujarat state where the statue has been built over the past four years, said plain clothes police took away 12 people late Tuesday to the local police headquarters.
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The Statue of Unity is a 3.5-hour drive from the major city of Ahmedabad and a two-hour drive from the Vadodara airport.
The statue structure was to be designed for 180 km per hour wind speed.
A villager, requesting anonymity, said that they would be released only after Modi's function is over on Wednesday. "I am sure every Indian will take pride in telling the world about this great accomplishment".
"Erected on the banks of river Narmada in Gujarat, the structure is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty". It will feature a viewing gallery at the height of 153 metres and can host over 200 tourists at once.
A museum and a hotel will also open next to the statue to encourage visitors and tourism from all over the world, and the project will reportedly generate near on 15,000 jobs.