By Shane McGinley
The consultants will build the US$450m Statue of Unity statue in India
The US-based management firm behind Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – is set to claim another record after it signed a deal to build the world’s tallest statue.
US firm Turner Project Management will head up a consortium which has been assigned to build the 182-metre-high Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel. Located in the midst of Narmada River in western India, the statue will be the tallest in the world and almost four times the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York.
Turner, which was the project management firm behind the Burj Khalifa, signed the contract to build the INR2,500 crore (US$450m) statue on Tuesday and the project is likely to take 56 months to complete, the Times of India newspaper reported.
At 182m, the Statue of Unity will be 54m higher than the current record holder, the Spring Temple Buddha statue in China, which was built in 2002.
US$450m on a statue, seriously is this correct?
How can it costs almost half a billion dollars.
India is not Dubai, it has huge poverty and debts - spend the money on something else.
US$ 450 million for building statues !! that does it, I am staying here .... lol
Spending such huge funds for a controversial person or idol is not ideal at all. What the Gujrat BJP govt. aims by it, to hijack the Congress or to work towards another division of India somehow orchestrated and facilitated by Sardar Patel? Half of the tax payers money will be eaten by the politicians and the poor have to satisfy their hunger by seeing the statue?
Guys the concept seems good, somewhat similar to Statue of Liberty. Sardar Patel is probably the right choice for a symbol of Unity, that's if there is surplus money. China has poverty too, still they built the statue.
However, as far as India or Gujarat State is concerned they must give up this plan and invest these funds for infrastructural project and further reduction of poverty. I am sure Sardar Patel would also prefer the same. Hope common sense prevails.
Regardless of the person chosen, or the politics involved, the simple fact is that the money should be spent on THE PEOPLE!! Geez... who comes up with these ideas and how does it get approved?
Education, health care, women's rights, infrastructure, better trained police force, science... I can think of SO many better uses of that money.
This is downright scandalous!
@ Al Hind, you are right, India is not Dubai & Dubai can never be a powerhouse like India & that is why they can afford to build this statue during these times.
Hi,It is quite surprising sad &that a person like Sardar Patel is considered controversial.
He was a resolute man & considering the task he had it was necessary,but he was always interested in betterment of INDIA & not any personal gains unlike many leaders of the world.
One can say such a huge amount of money in INDIA can be considered for some thing else also,but let that be decided by people of GUJARAT,may be they wish to emulate Dubai
This comment is true and good for every common man suffering in the name poverty for the whole life. Schools, Hospitals, Irrigation, Power projects, Roads etc need big money in India and this Investment for the Statue of Unity can help in a big way.
Even Our Sardar Patel ji will be happy.
I'm sure everyone will accept this suggestion.
Better built a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a world renowned and respected leader than that of a politician like sardar patel. Even better, dont built it, its not worth the money..
Sardar Patel was a controversial man, He is one of the founder member of RSS and they are the people who divided India for personal gain and they use Jinnah as tool to blame, (Refer european historians) this division was created to marginalize minority Muslim and avoid Muslims to share the power with them, Sardar want to make India a Hindu country and Jawaharlal Nehru was misguided by Patel. Gandhi was very much oppose to this whole strategy of Sardar. At the End he succeeded and India divided and now both countries are suffering. Why such man's statue? They can use this money for India's pathetic infrastructure developments, like road, bridges and hospitals for needy people where 70% people are poor?