If you are a die hard Make in India fan then this will be a little blow to your inflating pride…just like it did me, which is what got me motivated to write this post. Designed by the Padma Shree Ram v Sutar the “statue of Unity” which showcases the spirit of Indian unity would not be crafted on the Indian soil as construction giant Larson & Turbo are skeptic about project’s completion if it’s manufactured in India. Moreover, the large scale and media exclusivity of this project makes it special as this would be the tallest statue ever erected in any country. The 182 m high bronze, steel, and concrete enforced statue of the Iron man of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is slated to be installed by April 2018 at Sadhu Bet, an island 3 km downstream from the Sardar Sarovar dam. In order to meet this deadline timely L&T has outsourced the smelting and construction contract to a foundry 6,132 km to the east of Ahmadabad, in the People’s Republic of China.
As ‘Make in India’ was not mandated in the EPC( engineering, procuring and constructing) contract so, L&T is free to procure materials from any part of the world. The foundry which is touted as the “world’s biggest foundry” is an establishment of the Jiangxi Tongqing Metal Handicrafts Company. The statue is being smelted and prepared at its 51,000 square meter workshop in Nanchang province in eastern China by no less than 700 workers.
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