Leaking Roof at Statue of Unity Leaves Tourists Drenched, Officials Say It’s Design Not Defect
The officials of Statue of Unity said that the accumulation of water on the floor of the viewing gallery cannot not be termed as ‘leakage’.
Rajpipla: Rainwater made its way into the viewing gallery of the Statue of Unity in Gujarat, with tourists sharing videos of puddles on the floor and water dripping off the roof.
Several of those who shared videos on social media, however, expressed displeasure.
Viewing Gallery of ₹3000 crore Statue of Unity One rain and it gets flooded, water leaking from the roof and front.What a Shame! pic.twitter.com/9xSbQokQoT— manju jadhav (@manjujadhav_) June 29, 2019
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 last year. "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.
However, the official handle of Statue of Unity claimed that rainwater in the viewing gallery was blown by high-velocity winds.
The rainwater has been blown by high-velocity winds inside the viewing gallery It’s by design that it has to be kept open for a better view which tourists can enjoy Water accumulation is being promptly tackled by the maintenance team @PMOIndia @CMOGuj @drrajivguptaias— Statue Of Unity (@souindia) June 29, 2019
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.
"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 IK Patel.
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."
(With PTI Inputs)
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