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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.

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