Maharashtra government approves Shivaji Memorial

The Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea will be built at a cost of Rs.3,600 crore. The cash-strapped, debt-ridden government will provide funds for the project from its budget as well as seek financial assistance from the Centre. When first announced in 2009, the architect Team One had proposed a project cost of Rs.700 crore. Tenders were first floated in 2012, but never took off.
Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said tenders have been invited for the project.“We have received all clearances including environmental clearance. The first phase will be completed by 2019,“ he said.
The first phase will involve reclamation, construction of the boundary wall, statue, pedestal, public facilities, the Bhavani temple, jetty at the memorial and security arrangements. The pedestal will house a library , art gallery , museum and the memorial administrative office. In the second phase, an amphitheatre to seat 500-2,000 people will be constructed where they can view a 3D and 4D display of important events in the life of Shivaji.
The BJP-Shiv Sena government appointed a consultant, Egis, whose design will now be implemented. Around four committees have been set up to improve upon the design. At 190 feet, it will be the tallest statue in the world. The security will be underwater, on ground and from the air for the memorial.
The project is being opposed by fisherfolk as they fear it would affect their livelihood.They have filed a plea before the National Green Tribunal.

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