India is now home to the world’s tallest statue, a tribute to one of its tallest pioneers. However, was the statue made in India? Ifcritics of the project are to be trusted, it was shipped out of China in 2018. And, it doesn’t end here.
To some, it is also unclear whether the structure was built by Indian or Chinese workers.
These questions were raised for the fist time in 2015, when work on the project began.And despiteengineering major Larsen and Toubro (L&T), the firm executing the project, elucidating on numerous events, Congress President Rahul Gandhi claimed last month that the statue was being built in China.
“Narendra Modi Ji is making Sardar Patel’s statue in Gujarat. It will be world’s tallest statue however it will be ‘Made In China’, like our shoes and shirts,” said Rahul Gandhi, who some suggest is trying to bluff his way into power.
The same questions have come up on the day when the statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
So lets revise the facts:
One, the Statue of Unity is a three-layered structure. The innermost layer has two 127-metre-high towers made of reinforced cement concrete. A steel mesh forms the second layer of the structure. The third and the outermost layer is in form of bronze cladding, which carry intricate details Patel’s clothes, posture and facial expressions. It is this layer of the statue which was built in China, according to reports.
Two, out of 4,076 works working at the site of the statue in two shifts, just 200 were from China. These works, “who have been working in batches for two-three months each since September 2017”, were part of a team of around thousand men who worked on the cladding of the statue. This works to be with 5 percent of the aggregate workforce engaged with raising the Statue Unity.
So, if more than 90 percent of the statue was built in India and more than 95 percent of the workforce was Indian, recommending that the statue was assembled and shipped out of China would misrepresent a bit excessively.