The decks for a sea monument of warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji are now clear, with the state government obtaining all the nine crucial permissions related to environment and naval aspects over the last couple of months.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to perform the bhoomi pujan for the Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea during his visit to Mumbai and Pune on December 24. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Friday said, “All the nine permissions that were proving to be hurdles in taking the project ahead during the Congress-NCP rule have been sorted out. The Union ministries of environment and defence have given their consent to the project.”
Apart from the nine permissions, including concerns raised on account of the coastal regulation zones act, there were security issues that had raised alarms. However, after discussions with the Union Home Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office, approvals for the Rs-1900 crore project are in.
“There are some raising a hue and cry over the ‘wasteful expenditure’ for this project. But my government is determined to go ahead with it. Do we ever talk of expenditure incurred in serving our father?”, Fadnavis said.