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92743Jetty, snack bar planned with Shivaji Statue at Chowpatty

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      Jetty, snack bar planned with mid-sea Shivaji memorial

      Sandeep Ashar,

      Mar 29, 2013

      Times News Network 

       

      MUMBAI: The proposed 312-ft tall memorial of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji will not be standing alone in the sea. Recreation amenities, including a museum, a snack bar and a garden, and ancillary facilities such as a jetty will be required to make the project viable.

       

      While there was consensus on the need to develop recreation and ancillary amenities to make the memorial tourist-friendly, state officials pointed that obtaining environmental approval for these "commercial activities" will be difficult.

       

      The plan also includes lifts and staircases to allow tourists a view of the city from the top of the monument. The state will seek suggestions from citizens on the memorial's design.

       

      On Thursday, CM Prithviraj Chavan, his deputy Ajit Pawar, Mumbai (city) guardian minister Jayant Patil and senior state officials inspected the proposed site - a 16.5 hectare rock islet located about 3.5km from the western coast along Girguam Chowpatty and 1.5 km away from the Raj Bhavan. It will take a 20-minute speedboat journey from Chowpatty to reach the spot.

       

      It is located in the newly introduced CRZ-IV zone, which covers an area from the low tide line to 12 nautical miles into the sea. The state is banking on a grey area, which permits construction activities in the zone if no untreated sewage, effluents and solid waste is discharged into the sea.

       

      Chavan said 25 different studies will have to be conducted before seeking a nod from the environment ministry. He said a presentation will be made beforeUnion minister Jayanti Natarajan when he visits Mumbai on April 2.

       

      While the ministry usually insists on a detailed project report for permissions, the state will push for an in-principle approval on the basis of the concept plan, officials said.

       

      Which side will Shivaji face?

       

      A debate has ensued on which side the monument must face. A concept of there being a "revolving statue" was discussed after it was pointed out that if the monument faces the Chowpatty or Marine Drive , it would discourage tourists from making the trip into the sea. It would also not be facing the other three sides