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SAIL to be major supplier for Sardar Patel statue

Venkatesan R | | Updated on: Nov 01, 2016

Over 32,000 tonnes of steel required for the project

The largest domestic steel producer SAIL will be the major supplier of the metal to be used for constructing Sardar Vallabbhai Patel’s statue in Gujarat.

The over 182-metre statue of India’s first Deputy Prime Minister — Statue of Unity — is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project and is billed to be the world’s tallest. It is coming up near the Sardar Sarovar dam across the Narmada river in Narmada district of Gujarat.

“SAIL will be the largest steel supplier for the project. It is already supplying around 18,000 tonnes of rebars. Besides, the statue will require around 15,000 tonnes of plates of which the state-run company will also get a major chunk,” a senior government official said.

It will take around 32,000-33,000 tonnes of steel for the project, of which the Maharatna firm will have the lion’s share, he added.

Design, maintenance

Larsen & Toubro is responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance of the project.

A consortium comprising Turner Project Management India Pvt Ltd, Meinhardt India Pvt Ltd and Michael Graves & Associates will provide the design, engineering, project management and construction management services for it.

Sculptor

Sculptor and Padma Bhushan awardee Ram V Sutar has been chosen by the Gujarat government to build the ‘Statue of Unity’. Sutar had shot to fame with the 45-foot-high Chambal monument at Gandhi Sagar dam in Madhya Pradesh.

Published on January 15, 2018

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