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Chhatrapati Shivaji's mid-sea memorial: government may issue tender afresh

Monday, 9 June 2014 - 9:36pm IST | Agency: PTI

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The Maharashtra Government today informed the Bombay High Court that it had not yet taken a final decision on the award of tender for the construction of mid-sea memorial of King Shivaji.

Advocate General Darius Khambata made the statement before the division bench of Justices S J Vajifdar and Anil Menon, in response to a petition by Team Architects One Pvt Ltd, which has challenged the project and sought a stay to the opening of submitted bids.

Khambata said in fact the government was planning to issue a fresh tender as very few bids were received earlier. The petitioner firm then sought time to file a rejoinder, following which the court adjourned the hearing to June 23. 

A 300-feet statue of Maratha king Shivaji has been proposed to be put up in the Arabian Sea, facing the Marine Drive in south Mumbai. The project also includes a museum, an aquarium, a library and an amphitheatre.

According to the petitioner firm, the government had earlier selected its plan for the memorial, but later it backed out, causing the firm a loss. The state's affidavit gives the reasons for rejecting the petitioner's plan. The current plan has been prepared by Rajiv Mishra, principal of J J School of Architecture.

On the last occasion the court had refused to grant a stay to the opening of bids.

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