Bengaluru: Following the Statue of Unity unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, Karnataka government has now planned to erect a 125-feet statue of Mother Cauvery at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district. On the proposed statue of Mother Cauvery, which is expected to boost tourism in the region, Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar said, “It is not exactly a statue, it will be like a tower. The land already belongs to the government and we will be inviting investors to invest in it, no government money will be used. It will be a tourist destination.”

The estimated cost of the entire project comes to Rs 1,200 crore and the government has received help from private investors.The Karnataka Minister has also announced the plan to build a museum complex, a bandstand, an indoor stadium, a replica of historical monuments and two glass towers measuring 360 feet that gives a bird’s eye view of the KRS reservoir.

Ever since the Statue of Unity was erected, several governments have joined the race to build a statue. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for instance had proposed to install a 151-m mega Lord Ram statue on a 51-m pedestal in Ayodhya. This would make the statue taller than Prime Minister Modi’s 182-m ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat. Dedicated to the `Iron Man of India’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Statue of Unity was erected at a whopping cost of Rs 2,989 crore.  The Statue of Unity which is twice the height of the Statue of Liberty in the United States is built on a Narmada river island.

Apart from Lord Ram statue, UP government has sought corporate funds for the proposed Ayodhya project. Both the projects are estimated to cost more than Rs 10 billion. While this move by Adityanath is to push his Hindutva agenda ahead of the elections, the proposed statue of Mother Cauvery by the Karnataka government is likely to strengthen the Janata Dal (Secular)’s hold in the state.

Similarly, in Tamil Nadu, a life-size statue of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi is set to be unveiled on December 16, announced the party on Thursday. ‘Kalaignar’ Karunanidhi, 94, breathed his last on August 7 this year.

On Wednesday, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and his deputy O. Panneerselvam unveiled a bronze statue of late All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief J. Jayalalithaa at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The eight-foot-tall bronze statue of Jayalalithaa was placed next to the statue of party founder and former chief minister M G Ramachandran.