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92741Central govt says yes to Shivaji Statue at Chowpatty

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  • Pearl - Karmayog
    Nov 25, 2013
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      Central govt says yes to Shivaji statue in the sea

      Mumbai Mirror Bureau

      Jun 21, 2013


      Nine years after Congress-led government in the state made an election-time promise of constructing a 312-ft statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji off the Mumbai coast, the Centre on Thursday gave the project an in-principle approval.


      Addressing a press conference, Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natrajan said the finalised site in the Arabian Sea , an 18-hectare rock, was a "safe place".


      She said, "Even during high tide, the rock stands three to four mts above sea level."


      The project, which will come up in Coastal Regulation Zone-4 (where no construction is allowed), was approved in principle as a special case, the union minister said.


      "We have studied the case thoroughly and are satisfied. No commercial activity is being allowed," she said, adding she was "honoured and privileged" to announce the approval for the project.


      Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that as many as 40 clearances will be required to create a memorial to the Maratha warrior-king. "We will now submit a detailed project report to Centre," he said.


      Chavan is also seeking financial relief for his pet project, such as the 35.6-km coastal roads km in Mumbai, which includes tunnels, sea links and road on stilts.


      Natrajan refused to comment much on this.


      "I have assured the chief minister that I would put forward the case before the National Coastal Zone Management Authority at its next meeting," he said.


      Natrajan also said the National Board of Wildlife had cleared the Navi Mumbai airport project, and it would get a clearance under the Forest Conservation Act.