New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) and Maharashtra Government on a plea of environmentalists seeking a stay on the construction of Shivaji Memorial Statue off the Mumbai Coast. (Also read: Maharashtra Govt Okays Rs 100 Crore For Bal Thackeray Memorial)

Earlier this year, the state government had directed that the construction be stopped.  A leading daily quoted the letter as saying, “As per intimation of the order dated January 11 passed by the SC, the court has asked the state not to proceed with construction activity of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial (CSMM) in the Arabian Sea. You are requested not to proceed with construction activity with immediate effect.”

A Mumbai-based environmentalist had first approached the Bombay High Court which didn’t grant a stay to the construction so the plea was taken to the apex court.

The statue in Arabian sea off Mumbai coast will cost the state exchequer Rs 3,643.78 crore and construction will be over by 2022-23, the government had said earlier.

The state Cabinet on November 1 last year, had extended administrative approval to the project report and sanction to a total expenditure of Rs 3,700.84 crore. As per the official sanction by the state government, the cost is now down by Rs 56.70 crore, stated a government order.

On December 19, the Maharashtra government extended administrative approval to the total expenditure of Rs 3,643.78 crore over five years, which includes survey and investigation of the site to the implementation of security measures by the police.

The construction of the statue would cost Rs 2,581 crore, while Rs 309.72 crore would be the GST on the amount.