For the purpose of the execution of the iconic Statue of Unity project, the government of Gujarat has created a special purpose vehicle - Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Rastriya Ekta Trust (SVPRET). It is registered as a Trust and a Society under the Bombay Trust Act and Bombay Societies Act, and is the main body responsible for planning and development of the project. SVPRET's envisaged objectives are focused towards the development and promotion of sites centered on historical leaders with associated development of activities in the field of education, livelihood generation, environment protection, renewable and clean energy, health and hygiene especially for tribal populace among others. Eco-tourism, fisheries development, study and research in related fields like humanities, tribal development are also a part of the objectives of the Trust.
SVPRET is governed by a Governing Council chaired by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of the state of Gujarat. Members of the Board include the Chief Secretary of the state government, and other senior government officials from various departments that include Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited, Road and Buildings among others.
The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL) is a wholly owned Government of Gujarat undertaking that is in charge of the Sardar Sarovar water resources project on the river Narmada in South Gujarat. SSNNL was incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 1956 in March 1988. The main objective of SSNNL is to execute the Sardar Sarovar Narmada Project comprising the Dam, power houses, canal system and other works incidental to / ancillary to the Sardar Sarovar Project (SSP).
SSNNL has been tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Statue of Unity project.
"The Statue will stand high, not just in meters and feet, but much more in terms of academic, historical, national and spiritual values. My vision is to develop the place as a source of inspiration for ages to come.
With the making of this iconic structure, the overall project area is expected to grow through several activities and initiatives including infrastructure for entertainment, education and research activities.
Considering that the location of the Statue falls under the jurisdiction of Narmada district that is predominantly tribal, much importance will be given to the issues of tribal culture and economy of the area to be included in and around the Statue."
“The Statue of Unity is a monument not only of a great leader, patriot and visionary, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, but also a monument for the indomitable spirit and limitless ability of the Indian people.Sardar Vallabhai Patel championed the cause of farmers during his time. This has inspired the ‘Loha Campaign’ which includes the collection of LOHA or used iron implements from the farmers to build the Statue. This unique initiative by the Government of Gujarat, was envisioned by Shri Narendra Modi and will be a true homage to the ‘Iron Man of India’. I am immeasurably proud to have had the opportunity to play a part in this historic process because, this region, its people and its communities will be reaping the benefits of this iconic creation for decades to come”