Statue of Unity to be Built by Larsen & Toubro in Nearly Rs. 3,000 Crore Contract
The statue that’s being designed as the world’s tallest will be built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The 182-metre bronze statue of India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, a project championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is intended to be twice the size of New York’s ‘Statue of Liberty’.
Larsen & Toubro won the contract for Rs. 2,979 crore through a bidding process for the project referred to as the Statue of Unity, the company said. Turner Construction, which built the world’s tallest skyscraper Burj Khalifa in Dubai, will act as consultant.
The work order was issued to L&T in the presence of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel and her Cabinet at a function held in Gandhinagar on Monday. S N Subrahmanyan, senior executive vice-president (infrastructure and construction) at L&T, received the work order on behalf of the company from K Srinivasan, member secretary, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust, the nodal agency for execution of the project.
Patel said the iconic structure and additional facilities being set up in the predominantly tribal area will play an important role in socio-economic development of the region. “This unique location will prove beneficial for eco-tourism and regional development. This icon-based development will also help generate local employment for the people in Kevadia,” she said. The completion of the bidding process within a year of laying the foundation stone shows the commitment of the state government towards the project.
The ‘Statue of Unity’ will be built at Sadhu Island approximately 3.5 km south of Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia area in Narmada district of the state of Gujarat.
The project was launched by the former Gujarat Chief Minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2013, on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary.
Mr Modi had said that every Indian “regrets Sardar Patel did not become the first prime minister. Had he been the first prime minister, the country’s fate and face would have been completely different.”