The contract, which is worth 2989 crores (£303m) has been awarded by the government of the Indian state of Gujarat.
The 182m-tall Statue of Unity is the brainchild of prime minister Narendra Modi and will represent one of the Republic of India’s founding fathers, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The bronze statue will be built on the Sadhu Island in the Narmada district of Gujarat.
L&T’s scope will include design, engineering and construction of the statue along with an exhibition centre at its base, a memorial garden, a bridge connecting Sadhu Island with the mainland, an 5km road and infrastructure improvements. There will also be an administrative complex, a hotel and a conference centre. This memorial tourist centre is scheduled to be completed within 42 months.
“Bagging this order is a matter of great pride for us at L&T as it re-affirms the confidence that people have in us to build complex structures,” said SN Subrahmanyan, L&T board member and senior executive vice president for infrastructure & construction. He added that the engineering and construction of the Statue of Unity poses unique challenges.