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• The 182-metre tall statue is being erected on a small rocky island, named Sadhu hills, in the middle of the Narmada riverbed facing Sardar Sarovar dam at Kevadia. The statue will have steel framing, reinforced cement concrete, and bronze coating. • The construction is estimated to cost ₹2,063 crore, and will be completed in four years. More than 60,000 tonnes of steel will be used. The statue needs 75,000 cubic metres of concrete, 5,700 metric tonne steel structure, 18,500 tonne reinforced steel rods, and 22,500 tonne bronze sheets for construction. • The agricultural iron was collected from farmers of Gujarat that has been used in the statue as a symbolic contribution highlighting the participation of farmers in the idea of paying tribute to the Sardar. The Gujarat government has constituted the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rashtriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET) which has collected the iron from some 7,000 villages which was then melted and was used in a few parts of the statue. • A consortium of Turner Construction (project manager of Burj Khalifa), Michael Graves and Associates and Meinhardt Group, is supervising the project. • Visitors will be able to rise up to the height of the structure’s chest, walk into a viewing gallery and enjoy a panoramic view of the Sardar Sarovar project (SSP) and the surrounding region from an astounding height of close to 400 feet. The observation deck at 500-foot can accommodate 200 people in one time. • Visitors will also be able to see the beautiful Satpuda and Vindhyachal mountain ranges, the 256-km long Sardar Sarovar reservoir and the 12km long Garudeshwar reservoir. • According to the agreement, L&T will maintain and manage the project site for 15 years after completion of the construction for which it will be paid ₹657 crore.