Burj Khalifa consultants to build tallest statue in the world in India

(From left) The 182m the statue of Indian Independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will surpass the tallest statue in the world currently, which is China’s Spring Temple Buddha at 128m. The Ushiku Daibtsu, also of the Buddha is in Japan at 110 metres. The Statue of Liberty in New York stands at 93 metres. (Pics courtesy: statueofunity.in)

An international consortium, led by Turner Project Management, the project management consultant for Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world, are to build the tallest statue in the world in India.

The Times of India reported on Wednesday that the consortium signed an agreement with the Gujarat government for "engineering, design and contract management" to construct the 182-metre-high Statue of Unity of Sardar Patel.

Other partners in the consortium, apart from Turner, include US-based Michael Graves and Associates and Mindheart from Germany.

The Statue of Unity will cost Rs25 billion (Dh1.6 billion) and it will be built under the supervision of the consortium, which will charge Rs560 million for the job.

The statue will be 54 metres higher than the Spring Temple Buddha statue in China, the current record holder.

During the first year and three months, the consortium will prepare master plan of the project and finalise contract bid documents.

In the next 40 months, it will supervise the construction activity, and in the last two months, it will hand over the statue. In all, it will take 56 months to complete the Statue of Unity, the newspaper reported.

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