Before 2018 spring Temple budhha was the tallest statue in the world with height of 153m but at present the world tallest statue is the statue of unity with the height of 182 m dedicated to sardar Vallabhbhai Patel situated in the state of Gujarat in india . The exact location is Narmada valley, kevadiya colony in Narmada district in the state of Gujarat in india.
It is a colossal statue of indian independence activist sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ( 1875 - 1950 ) . He was also the first deputy prime minister and home minister of independent India and part of the Gandhiji's non - violent indian independence movement. Under the leadership of sardar Vallabhbhai Patel the single union of India was formed by uniting 562 princely states who were the part of the British raj . The statue of unity is located on the bank of Narmada river facing sardar sarovar dam .
Ram v Suthar is the designer of the statue of unity . Ram v Suthar created three model of the statue measuring 30 feet , 18 feet and 3 feet . The foundation of statue of unity is laided by prime minister Narendra Modi on 138th birth anniversary of sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on 31 October 2013 . The total cost to built statue of unity was 2989 crore and it was funded by the government of Gujarat. To support the construction of the statue of unity the statue of unity movement started in Gujarat. In this movement collection of iron made from farmers of there used farming instruments in order to construct foundation of the statue . In Surat and vadodara run for unity marathon was held on 15 December 2013 to support the movement. Total 135 metrics tonnes of scrap metal was collected from the farmers and also after processing 109 metric tonnes of metal used in order to make the foundation of the statue.
A separate committee has formed under the chairmanship of chief minister of Gujarat named as SVPRET ( sardar Vallabhbhai Patel rastriya ekta trust ) to handle the statue of unity on ground. The statue of unity is made of Bronze cladding, brass coating,steel framing and reinforced by concrete. Statue can withstand earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale and the wind with the speed of 180 km per hours .
Lets take a look on 5 tallest statue in the world
1. Statue of unity : It is 240 m tall in which base of 58 metre is included.
2.Spring temple buddha : It is 153 m tall including 20 m throne and 25 m pedestal.
3. Statue of Liberty : It is 93 m tall including 42 m pedestal.
4. The motherland calls : It is 87 m tall including 2m pedestal.
5. Christ the redeemer : It is 58 m tall including 8m pedestal.
The statue of unity is divided into 5 zones and only three are available for public.
Zone 1 : Museum and memorial garden
Zone 2 : Reaches till thigh
Zone 3: extend till gallery
Zone 4 : Maintenance area
Zone 5 : comprises shoulders and head of the statue
Museum at zone 1 shows the contribution and life of sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with presentation and also with audio .
At the height of 153 m there is a gallery which has capacity of 200 people . The statue has two lifts in each leg of the sardar Vallabhbhai Patel which has capacity of 26 people and also it is fast . Every year 2.6 million tourist visit this place and in one day 15 thousands tourists visit statue of unity. The statue of unity was accessible to public on November 1 2018 . In the first 11 days 128000 tourists visited this place. The statue of unity is included in the sanghai cooperation organ ' 8 wonder of SCO list .
How to reach at statue of unity
By air : Nearest airport is Surat airport which 155 km away from statue of unity you can also use sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport which is 198 km away from statue of unity and also from this station you will easily get Bus, taxi and cabs till statue of unity.
By train : Nearest station is vodadara railway station which is 90 km away from statue of unity you can also use Surat and ahmedabad railway station which are 155 km and 198 km away from statue of unity respectively.
From Surat to statue of unity: you can use National highway NH 953 .
From ahmedabad to statue of unity : you can use N E 1 and GJ SH 63 .
From vodadara to statue of unity : you can use GJ SH 11 and GJ SH 63.
Best month to visit statue of unity
October to March is the best month to visit statue of unity.