Rains create puddles in Gujarat’s Statue of Unity viewers gallery

The Statue of Unity’s viewing gallery, at a height of 135 metres, has a grill frontage which allows winds to blow in water during heavy rains, said officials.

Updated - June 30, 2019 05:01 pm IST

Published - June 30, 2019 04:47 pm IST - Rajpipla

A file picture of the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya Colony, about 200 kilometres from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

A file picture of the Statue of Unity at Kevadiya Colony, about 200 kilometres from Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Rainwater made its way into the viewing gallery of the Statue of Unity in Gujarat on Saturday, with tourists sharing videos of puddles on the floor and water dripping off the roof.

The viewing gallery, at a height of 135 metres, has a grill frontage which allows winds to blow in water during heavy rains, said officials.

Several of those who shared videos on social media, however, expressed displeasure.

A file photo of visitors at the Statue of Unity viewers gallery.

A file photo of visitors at the Statue of Unity viewers gallery.

The Statue of Unity, a 182-metre memorial to Sardar Patel in Kevadiya in Narmada district, is the tallest structure of its kind in the world and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018.

“We had come with great hope to see the worlds tallest statue. But we are feeling bad looking at the statue in the rain. It has not rained heavily, and already the main hall and viewing gallery of the statue is filled with water. It is unfortunate,” a tourist at the site told reporters.

“The viewing gallery is open with grills on the chest of the statue. The rear side of the gallery is covered by glass. The front view is open as per design. So it is natural that water will enter when it rains,” said Narmada Collector I.K. Patel.

Mr. Patel, who is also the chief administrator of the Statue of Unity, added, “There is a channel to dispose of rain water. But when the wind speed is more, lots of water comes in and house-keeping personnel continuously drain it out. It is not leakage as is being claimed.”

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