Statue of Unity, which became the pride of Gujarat, seems to be missing an important feature. It has been flooded and tourists are, in turn, flooding the internet with its images and videos. Apparently, the officials in charge of making the statue did not study their Class IX geography textbooks too well- “The climate of India is described as the ‘monsoon’ type.” And they went ahead and drowned Rs 3000 Crore down the drain!
The tallest statue in the World that stands in the ‘land of monsoon’ can withstand earthquakes, but not rains?
PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity on 31 October 2018. It snapshots the memory of the Unity Man of India, Sardar Vallabhai Patel. But in less than a year, on June 29, 2019, its viewing gallery ended up flooded with rainwater. The viewing gallery stands at a height of 135 meters. There were shameful scenes of water dripping from the roof, and puddles all over the floor. While it was a matter of pride for India being the world’s tallest statue; this incident has scarred that image. What’s sad is that the rains were not too heavy to excuse the disgraced view.
Not a flaw but a feature
As the people complained, the twitter handle of the Statue of Unity released a statement explaining that it was not a flaw but a design feature. If we are to believe it, the water entered the structure as a result of high-velocity winds.
But doesn’t it seem like a forced explanation when no logical one existed? The question still stands where it was. Why did the officials not take into account the monsoon climate of India? Rains are bound to arrive in full velocity where the Statue of Unity stands. And the rains surely cannot be stopped in lieu of a better view. In fact, it seems that the only stagnant view that would be seen in the years to come is that of puddles and dripping rooftops.