Work of applying a gold plating on the colossal statue of Lord Shiva in the heart of Sursagar began on Thursday, the day Maha Shivratri was celebrated.
Around Rs 8 crore will be spent on the ambitious project. The plan to plate the Sarveshwar Mahadev statue in Sursagar with gold was made in 2018 by the minister of state for Narmada and urban housing Yogesh Patel.
On Thursday, the plating began in the presence of chief minister Vijay Rupani, deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and state BJP chief C R Patil.
The 11-feet idol was dedicated to the city in 2002 even as work on it began in 1996.
Work on the project began with erecting scaffoldings around the statue and then cleaning it. The work of preparing the surface for the gold plating began in August last year.