Mumbai, Apr 17: The work on the massive Chhatrapati Shivaji Statue in the Arabian Sea is set to begin after monsoon this year. Legislator Vinayak Mete, who heads the Maharashtra government’s committee monitoring the project, has been quoted as saying by DNA that while the actual construction on the site will begin only in October, the on components like jetties etc will begin before that.
According to the DNA report, the authorities have planned to use four jetties at Gateway of India, Gorai, Navi Mumbai, and NCPA to transport men and material to the construction site. Hence, the work will begin after monsoon as the sea becomes rough during the rains.
The proposed memorial is to be built on 6.8 hectares of reclaimed land in the middle of the Arabian Sea. It is being touted to be the world’s tallest statue at 210 metres. The Fadnavis government wanted it to be taller than the 208- metre high Spring Temple Buddha statue in China, built on a hill, which was completed in 2008.
On March 1, the state government awarded the contract to build the much-delayed memorial in the Arabian Sea to engineering major Larsen & Toubro (L&T). The state had received three bids: from Reliance Infrastructure, Afcons Infrastructure and L&T in the second round of bidding.
The Devendra Fadnavis government has given the letter of acceptance to the city-based engineering major that will build the project at a cost Rs 2,500 crore on an engineering, procurement and construction model.
The Shivaji memorial will have a temple, museum, hospital, entrance modeled on the Raigad Fort, which was the headquarters of the late emperor, and a theatre showcasing highlights of the Maratha warrior king’s life. Another major feature is a lift that will take visitors right up to 180 metres or 60 floors inside the memorial, giving them a view from such height.