Mumbai: Tenders floated for Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial project

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday visited the special office set up to coordinate and monitor the project

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:November 6, 2016 2:55 am
The memorial will boast of the world’s tallest statue — a 192-metre equestrian statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji — surrounded by an art museum showcasing artefacts from the Maratha king’s era. (Express Photo) The memorial will boast of the world’s tallest statue — a 192-metre equestrian statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji — surrounded by an art museum showcasing artefacts from the Maratha king’s era. (Express File Photo)

The state government has initiated the process of inviting tenders for the grand Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial on the Arabian Sea. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday visited the special office set up to coordinate and monitor the project. A detailed review on issues confronting the project along with future course of action was outlined. Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial Committee chairman Vinayak Mete was present along with other members and officials.

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The government has already rolled out the plan, complete with design and budget for the project. The highlights of the mid-sea project includes 192-metre statues of the warrior king. The final design approved would show Shivaji mounted on a horse wielding a sword. The huge rock base which has been selected in the middle of the sea is a natural foundation on which the project will be built.

It is an egg shaped basalt plain 3.5 km into the Arabian Sea approved by experts and architectures as suitable destination for the project. The total expenditure of project complete with statue, entertainment zone and visitors alleys is expected to be Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,000 crore.