Maharashtra cabinet okays Rs 100-crore Shivaji statue

The cabinet also agreed to hold an international competition to select the design of the memorial.

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published:February 6, 2014 9:42 am
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said global tenders would be invited for appointment of a project management consultant. (Photo: Reuters) Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said global tenders would be invited for appointment of a project management consultant. (Photo: Reuters)

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Wednesday said the government would approach the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to waive off coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) permissions required for the 190-metre-tall statue of warrior king Shivaji in the Arabian sea off the Mumbai coast.

The cabinet gave its nod to the site proposed for the memorial — a 16-hectare rock islet situated 3.6 km from Girgaum Chowpatty beach.

Despite resistance from the finance department, the cabinet also agreed to hold an international competition to select the design of the memorial. It was decided that the first prize winner would get Rs 1 crore. Citing the tight position of the exchequer, the department had objected to the competition and the prize money. Chavan said global tenders would be invited for appointment of a project management consultant. The cabinet also decided to enhance the budgetary support for the memorial from the current Rs 3.90 crore to Rs 100 crore.

Earlier, Industries Minister Narayan Rane indicated that Maratha reservation report recommending 25 per cent quota for the economically backward in education and employment had been submitted to the CM.

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    Abhishek
    Feb 6, 2014 at 4:39 am
    Useless way to waste money on these nonsensical statues, rather use for progressing your state and the abject poverty that is characteristic of every Marathi... what can you expect from a hollow state that loves violence, corruption and discrimination.,.... Maharashtra murdabad
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      Abhishek
      Feb 6, 2014 at 4:39 am
      Useless way to waste money on these nonsensical statues, rather use for progressing your state and the abject poverty that is characteristic of every Marathi... what can you expect from a hollow state that loves violence, corruption and discrimination.,.... Maharashtra murdabad
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        Purush
        Feb 6, 2014 at 10:23 am
        Poor copy cats. First the copying of slogan - Main nahin hum, AND now the Statue of Shivaji. Nothing wrong in building a statue of Shivaji maharaj. He is an icon of Maratha pride and culture. And not just maratha but he is a symbol all over the country for gallantry, valour and courage. But to erect his statue just because Modi is going ahead with a project for Statue of Unity for Sardar Patel is petty mindedness and an insult to Shivaji maharaj himself (it gives a feeling of using his name for political slugfest). The project conceptualised by Modi is not merely a statue and the tallest in the world. It has the underlying message of Unity and the way it is executed (collecting some iron used in tilling the soil from every village) does justice to the concept. Further, the project will also serve as the centre for research, innovation and such things. This is called comprehensive envisioning. Where as announcing building of statue is just a knee jerk reaction and a poor one at that.
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          Purush
          Feb 6, 2014 at 10:23 am
          Poor copy cats. First the copying of slogan - Main nahin hum, AND now the Statue of Shivaji. Nothing wrong in building a statue of Shivaji maharaj. He is an icon of Maratha pride and culture. And not just maratha but he is a symbol all over the country for gallantry, valour and courage. But to erect his statue just because Modi is going ahead with a project for Statue of Unity for Sardar Patel is petty mindedness and an insult to Shivaji maharaj himself (it gives a feeling of using his name for political slugfest). The project conceptualised by Modi is not merely a statue and the tallest in the world. It has the underlying message of Unity and the way it is executed (collecting some iron used in tilling the soil from every village) does justice to the concept. Further, the project will also serve as the centre for research, innovation and such things. This is called comprehensive envisioning. Where as announcing building of statue is just a knee jerk reaction and a poor one at that.
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            Saturn
            Feb 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm
            So inspiring.. motivating.. caring.. touching...wish we had some more of these to compete with Mayawati too..
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              deepak
              Feb 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm
              bhagwan would be more happy to see the money go to help the poor..
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                deepak
                Feb 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm
                bhagwan would be more happy to see the money go to help the poor..
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