Rs100 crore cleared for Chhatrapati Shivaji statue

Thursday, 6 February 2014 - 12:26pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Mid-sea memorial off Mumbai coast will be the world’s tallest, says Prithviraj Chavan.

The state cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal to allocate Rs100 crore for the Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial in the Arabian sea off the Mumbai coast. According to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, it will be the world’s tallest statue.       

Chavan said that his government has identified the location for the memorial. “The memorial will be developed on 16 hectares of land in the middle of the sea. This location is known as the Rock Island. It is 1.2km away from Raj Bhavan, 3.6km from Girgaum Chowpatty and 2.6km from Nariman Point,” he said.     

The chief minister, however, informed that Rock Island falls under the Coastal Regulation Zone IV.  

“We will ask the Union ministry of environment and forest (MOEF) to release this particular piece of land to expedite the memorial work. We will obtain all necessary approvals. It will be the world’s tallest memorial,” said Chavan.   

Incidentally, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi is spearheading a campaign to build a massive statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel in his state.      

According to sources, the mid-sea memorial is nothing but a political gimmick ahead of the Lok Sabha election.

“BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has been claiming that he would construct the country’s tallest statue. So to snatch the credit and show that a Congress-led government is also doing something grand, the Shivaji statue is being envisaged. But, once the election is over, the government will forget the project,” observed a Mantralaya official.  

Chavan said the government will float a global tender inviting world-renowned architectural firms to prepare the sketches and the design of Chhatrapatil Shivaji memorial.

Political gimmick?  
Sources said it’s nothing but a political gimmick ahead of the Lok Sabha election. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said his government will float a global tender inviting world-renowned architectural firms to prepare the sketches and the design of the memorial. The memorial will be developed on a 16hectare land in the middle of the Arabian Sea. This location is known as the Rock Island. It is 1.2km away from Raj Bhavan, 3.6km from Girgaum Chowpatty and 2.6km from Nariman Point.


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