Shivaji Memorial update

Maharashtra's plans to install the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji off the Marine Drive coast received a shot in the arm on Monday.
National Environmental Engineering and Research institute, Nagpur, has given the project the go-ahead in its environment impact assessment (EIA) study submitted to the state. The EIA has also asked for a few more studies such as traffic dispersal, boating facilities at the jetty and an evacuation plan in case of disaster. The project has already received an in-principle nod from the union environment ministry.

The state cabinet had allocated Rs.100 crore to build the Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea, off Marine Drive. The statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji will be built on a 16-hectare rock, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has said.Thestatuewouldbe 3 km from Nariman Point and Girgaum Chowpatty.
“We are going to invite bids from international firms for the project. But before that, we are taking the formal consent of the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) for the project plan,” he said. The state had recently received the approval of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), which conducted the environment impact assessment (EIA) study for the project. This has fast-tracked the project. However, with assembly polls in October this year and the period required for MoEF’s permission and tendering, the existing government may not be able to start the memorial’s construction.
An international design competition has also been planned. The state has launched a website to seek opinion from citizens on the facets of the Maratha emperor’s life to be highlighted.
The Maharashtra Maritime Board and the National Institute of Oceanography were also part of the EIA study

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