92742Maharashtra asks experts to select best offshore site for Shivaji Statue
- Nov 26, 2013
Maharashtra asks experts to select best offshore site for Shivaji statue
Dec 29, 2012
Times News Network
MUMBAI: The state government has instructed the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) and experts from two agenciesNational Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) as well as National Institute of Oceanographyto conduct a thorough study of the three sites selected for the installation of a 321-ft-high statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian Sea . The statue of the Maratha warrior king would be on the lines of the Statue of Liberty in the United States .
After inspecting the location for the memorial on Friday, guardian minister for island city and senior NCP leader Jayant Patil said, "All the three sites are in the middle of the sea. We have asked experts to find out the strength of the rocks on which the statue would stand."
The minister was accompanied by Bharat Yamsanwar, principle architect and founder of Team One Architects, MMB CEO Shyamsunder Shinde and representatives of NEERI as well as the National Institute of Oceanography.
Patil told TOI, "The report is expected in three weeks. Once the report is ready, the committee will meet in January to decide the future course of action."
Two days ago, TOI first reported that Patil, senior government officials and representatives of agencies related to the construction of the statue would inspect the sites on December 28.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial is proposed to be spread across nine acres of land. Of this, one acre will be used for the statue and the remaining eight will house an amphitheatre, an exhibition gallery, museums, garden, food court and a library. "The plan even proposes two helipads to make it a world-class memorial," a senior Mantralaya official said.
The Shiv Sena is in favour of the statue, but doubts the intention of the Congress-NCP government. Sena MLC Anil Parab said the Congress-NCP had promised to erect a statute of the Maratha warrior in their 2004 poll manifesto. "The government is speeding up the project now to divert people's attention from core issues."