The world’s tallest, Statue of Unity in Gujarat built by Larsen & Toubro (L&T), has entered the globally-acclaimed 2019 World Architecture News (WAN) Awards, an official said on Tuesday. The WAN Awards showcase the best international design in current and future projects, and the award ceremony is likely to be held in July.
“This is a significant and deserving recognition of India’s engineering skill and project management,” S.N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and MD of L&T, said on the recognition for the Indian-made engineering marvel.
“The Statue of Unity was by far one of the most complex and challenging assignments we have executed and being featured along with several other global engineering marvels is a truly remarkable achievement, not only for L&T but for the entire nation,” he added.
Constructed in a record 33 months, the world’s tallest statue stands at 182 metre (597 feet) as a memorial to the contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in the country’s freedom struggle and the stellar role he played in unifying the country into a nation.
L&T’s Whole Time Director and Senior Executive Vice-President M.V. Satish said the Statue of Unity is not only a triumph of teamwork but also of digitalization.
The statue, designed by Maharashtra’s legendary architect Ram V. Sutar, was conceived as a naturalistic depiction of Sardar Patel in his characteristic style in a walking pose, rising out of a star-shaped geometric base that covers the entire Sadhu Hill.