After successfully damaged 2000 notes within 2 years Sardar Statue cracking in 2 weeks” Three close-up pictures of the recently inaugurated Statue of Unity are being circulated on social media. On these pictures, certain sections of the statue have been highlighted with a blue outline. Within the areas marked by the blue outline, one can see white markings. These markings are claimed to be cracks that have been developed on a statue that was inaugurated with much fanfare on October 31, 2018.

The above claim has also been made repeatedly using the Hindi translation of the aforementioned text in English, “2 साल में 2000 नोट सफलतापूर्वक क्षतिग्रस्त होने के बाद सरदार मूर्ति 2 सप्ताह में क्रेक“.

What is the truth?

Since the inauguration of Statue of Unity, the statue has been visited by over a lakh visitors. Alt News looked up publicly available photos and videos of the Statue Of Unity on Instagram and found multiple close-up shots of the statue. In the Instagram video below, which has been shot from near the base of the statue, as the camera pans upwards, one can see many white markings, similar to the ones in the viral images. It can also be seen that these white markings are at places where different individual blocks have been joined.

A similar observation about the blocks and the white markings can be made in this video shot by AajTak from near the feet of the Statue. At 0:21 into the video, the camera pans upwards to show the markings along the joints of the blocks as seen in the above Instagram video. The AajTak video was shot on the day of the inauguration of the statue. Therefore, the suggestion that these white markings were formed 2 weeks post the unveiling of the statue is also false and misplaced.

IK Patel, the CEO of Statue of Unity, in a statement to Gujarati daily Divya Bhaskar stated that the statue consists of thousands of metal plates made out of a bronze alloy which have been welded together. He stated that a special type of welding has been used for this purpose, which gives the illusion that these are cracks. He further stated that the claim that there are cracks in the statue is mere rumour-mongering.

During the construction of the statue, the official website of Statue of Unity posted updates about the status of construction. In the image below, retrieved from the project status page, one can see the individual blocks that form the statue.

In yet another image posted on the project status page, the statue can be seen being pre-assembled from individual blocks.

Thus, the assertion on social media that the white-markings seen on the Statue of Unity are structural defects or cracks is false. Due to the sheer size of the statue, it has been assembled from individual blocks which have been welded together using bronze alloy metal sheets and the welding gives a false impression that these are cracks in the statue. Recently, a photoshopped picture of a poor family sitting near the Statue of Unity was circulated. Further, a 2008 statue of Sardar Patel by late Gujarat sculptor Jasuben Shilpi was also passed off as Statue of Unity.

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You guys will never say that it is congress people who damaged sardar when he was alive and doing now too, your article is of pathetic congress boot licker…

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Not just that….Alt News is a sell-out Ugly fat bald pric Pratik sinha and his team of presstitutes are not gonna survive the wave when Modi gets re-elected next year Congis will be well tight of funds….with just a few billions in hand….just enough to pay for Pappus post-election failure travel ritual…this time we hear it will be much longer as the Maha-thugbandhan will trash him for their miserable loss…. Sonia Ma will be short on energy, MMS is a mute…we wont know if hes happy or sad under that beard of him, Mani shankar will use up some money… Read more »

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That was hilarious dude This is so correct. This print media Alt News is a complete sell-out They think we are too dumb to realise how not one single article is in favour of our Hon PM whereas almost if not all articles focus on cleaning up RaGas image or busting “myths” surrounding Pappu and company. Its disgraceful how low one of the pillars of democracy can stoop so low…this is how they take responsibility for the well-being of the nation and public at large trying to mis-report and cover up follies of the team they support. Most of their… Read more »

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Very true.
Alt News is a sell-out

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I guess even the blind can see that from
their shameless and spineless reporting
Its media like this that Donald Trump invented to use the words on-FAKE NEWS