ambedkar: Ambedkar statue: Here is everything you should know about the giant sculpture that’s taller than Statue to Liberty

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will unveil the tallest statue of BR Ambedkar on the 132nd birth anniversary of the Dalit icon in a grand ceremony today. In a tribute to the architect of the Indian Constitution, the statue will be unveiled with the shower of the flower petals from helicopter.

Here is everything you should know about India’s tallest statute of Ambedkar:

* The statute is located in Hussainsagar, adjacent to the newly-built state secretariat, which has also been named after Ambedkar.

* It is placed opposite to Buddha statue and located beside the Telangana Martyrs memorial.

* The iconic structure of Ambedkar has an overall height of 175-ft, including a 50-ft-high circular base resembling the edifice of Parliament of India.

* The giant statue weighs 474 tonnes. While 360 tonnes of stainless steel was used for building the armature structure of the statue, 114 tonnes of bronze was also used for casting of the statue.

* The statue is designed by renowned sculptors, Ram Vanji Sutar (98) and his son Anil Ram Sutar (65) of Ram Sutar Art Creations in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, who also designed several monumental sculptures, including the world’s tallest statue — the Statue of Unity (597 feet) of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in Gujarat.

* The overall cost of the project was estimated at Rs 146.50 crore.* The pedestal on which the statue is installed has three floors with a total built-up area of 26,258 sq ft. It has a museum which has several articles and pictures depicting the life history of Ambedkar and a 100-seater auditorium for presenting audio-visuals of Ambedkar’s life.

* The entire premises spread over 11 acres has been beautified with landscape and greenery in 2.93 acres, besides providing parking facility for about 450 cars.

* There are two lifts for visitors to reach the feet of Ambedkar.

* It took at least two years to finalise technical and manufacturing measures since the decision was taken by KCR to erect the statue of Ambedkar.

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