Maharashtra Cabinet clears Rs 100 crore Shivaji statue

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Shivaji-statueMumbai: The Maharashtra government on Wednesday cleared a proposal to construct Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji’s statue in Mumbai worth Rs 100 crore. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the state Cabinet has also cleared exact location where it will be erected.

Shivaji’s statue is a rival project to Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s statue.

Monumental waste: Rs 350 cr Shivaji statue

The Maharashtra government in the year 2009 unveiled the digital design of this project. The proposal was for the construction of a 300-foot statue in Mumbai.

The statue will be constructed on an artificial island a kilometre away in the Arabian Sea off the Marin Lines-Chowpati shore of Mumbai.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’, which is expected to come up on Sadhu Bet island on the banks of the Narmada river would cost around Rs 2,400 crore.