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.

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    Luis Soto
    May 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm
    As a foreign artist i must say three things: this 'thing' is so ugly... and it has such an astounding cost in a nation with millions of poor... that it will become the laughing stock about India and his politicos for decades
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      Muneef
      Nov 5, 2016 at 11:06 pm
      Sheer wastage of taxpayer money.lt;br/gt;2000 crores is a big amount, moreover Shivaji has done nothing for Mumbai neither he has ever visited this city.lt;br/gt;The said amount 2000 crores can be well spend sensibly in hospitals, schools and public transport improvement.lt;br/gt;Government can build better pots free road,can add more buses and many things can be done with 2000 crores, if at all the full amount is utilized without anything going in the pockets of politician,contractors and the middleman.lt;br/gt;WAKE UP OH YOU PEOPLE OF MUMBAI.lt;br/gt;WE DON'T WANT STONE STATUE FOR THE DEAD.lt;br/gt;WE WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO CARE FOR THE LIVING PEOPLE WHO ARE PAYING TAXES FROM THEIR HARD EARN MONEY.lt;br/gt;JAI HIND.
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        vijay
        Nov 28, 2016 at 10:22 am
        Shivaji Maharaj was a saviour , a religious head , a hindu king.. he a torch bearer of freedom and save millions from tyrrant mughal.lt;br/gt;the government has taken a good step to co-memo rate him.lt;br/gt;Yes there is an expense , however money is in circulation. the statue will attract tourist.. they will spend money,, that will again go to government. money is just a cycle.
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