92740State seeks public views on Shivaji Statue at Chowpatty
- Nov 25, 2013
State seeks public views on Shivaji memorial
By Sharad Vyas,
May 24, 2013
Times News Network
MUMBAI: The state government has decided to seek the public's view on the proposed Shivaji memorial in the Arabian Sea .
The state-appointed expert panel chaired by rural development minister Jayant Patil said on Wednesday that the feedback will be evaluated in the next fortnight and the "concept plan" for the 309-ft statue will be uploaded on a website, where citizens will be able to key in their observations.
Officials from the state government said advertisements would be put out asking people to offer suggestions. The state is also keen to hear the public's view on whether the statute should be surrounded by a fortified wall or built on stilts. "The government wants people to contribute to the historical idea. Once we have received all suggestions, a project consultant may be appointed to get a basic concept plan ready," said a senior official. The panel also decided on including PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal and parliamentary affairs minister Harshwardhan Patil, among other leaders. The government has zeroed in on an 18-acre islet, four km into the sea from Marine Drive and a km from Raj Bhavan, for the proposed 309-ft statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian Sea , said a senior Mantralaya official. In its 2004 poll manifesto, the Congress and the NCP had promised to construct the statute. Subsequently, the project ran into several hurdles.