To be called Statue of Unity, the 182-metre tall statue will be built on Sadhu Tekra in the midst of the river, about 3.2 km downstream of the dam. “Turner will be involved in the project right from the beginning, which is the predesign phase and floating the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bid for the project, to construction supervision and handing over of the project”, a senior state bureaucrat said. Turner’s contract is for a period of 56 months. “It has agreed to charge Rs 61 crore for the entire process,” he said. Turner was awarded project management consultancy in an international bid, in which Parsons Brinckerhoff and IOSIS International also participated.
Gujarat government has been in talks with South Korea's Samsung Construction & Technology for the project’s actual implementation. Last year, executives from Samsung C&T took geo-technological data, including rock condition, weight bearing capacity of the river pit and hydraulic capacity. They have submitted a go-ahead report.
Both Turner and Samsung C&T were part of the team which built the world’s tallest, Burj Khalifa, which stands 828 metres tall.
The SVPRET meeting, chaired by chief minister Narendra Modi, also discussed connecting Vadodara with the Statue of Unity with a metro rail and a six-lane highway.