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http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/repo...aharaj-statue-to-begin-after-monsoons-2605662

Finally, work on touted Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue to begin after monsoons
The construction work for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's equestrian statue in the Arabian Sea will begin after the monsoons.

The Shivaji Maharaj memorial, which has a 36-month completion period, will come up on a 15.96 hectare rocky basalt outcrop in the Arabian Sea, 1.2 km south west of Raj Bhawan. Once completed, it is touted to be the world's tallest statue, at 210 metres.

On March 1, the state government awarded the letter of acceptance (LOA) to engineering major Larsen & Toubro for Rs 2,500 crore on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model.

"Actual construction at the site will begin only in October. However, work on land on components like jetties, will begin before this," said legislator Vinayak Mete, who heads the state government's committee monitoring the project.

"This is a huge project. Surveys like oceanographic studies and other detailing will have be done before starting the physical work," noted a senior public works department (PWD) official who is among those monitoring the project.

He added that they planned to use four jetties — at Gateway of India, Gorai, Navi Mumbai, and NCPA — to transport men and material to the site.

"The sea is choppy on the western sea board during the rains. Hence, physical work can begin only after the monsoons," the official explained.

The statue will be made of a bronze alloy to withstand the saline marine environment, corrosion and wind pressure. An area of around 10 hectare will be developed on the rock for the memorial and related facilities in two phases.

The state wants the statue to rise to 210 metres, to make it two metres taller than the Spring Temple Buddha in China's Henan province, which is the world's tallest statue at present. The hill on which the statue of Vairocana Buddha is built was reshaped to increase its height to 208 metres.

The memorial of the warrior-king will have amenities like landscape gardens, two jetties, library, helipad, medical facilities, amphitheatre and museum.

The project has been pending for almost 15 years and critics have apprehensions about whether these funds could be put to better use, such as in social sector schemes.

THE BID
Three infrastructure majors had bid for the construction of the memorial and statue of Shivaji Maharaj. Though the state expected the first phase to cost Rs 2,300 crore, Afcons and L&T had quoted Rs 4,779 crore and Rs 3,826 crore, respectively. Reliance Infrastructure lost in the technical evaluation.
The project was awarded to L&T at Rs 2,500 crore after negotiations.
 

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People seriously lack vision:

What I see, A nice jetty terminal outside Gateway. Updated Boats, 365 Days employment for the Boat owners, Tourist guides explaining how it was made, Small Artifacts sold by owners etc. + NRI moolah to visit the statue.

I had been to the Elephanta Caves in Nov 2017, and man O man we have such a nice heritage but lack implementation. To climb up the boat, old people need to take steep stairs down to board the Jetty which is pretty tough. I am sure most people will skip it because of this. The boats aren't in great shape either.

I always wonder where the surcharge on the Goras go. I am pretty sure it is not going in the upkeep of our heritage. <End of Rant>
 

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Shivaji memorial off Mumbai coast gets nod to be 210-m tall

The environment ministry has approved the plan to increase the height of the Chhatrapati Shivaji statue, off the city coast, from 192m to 210m.

A letter from the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate change (MoEFCC), dated June 15, to the chief engineer, public works department (PWD), released on the MoEFCC website on Friday, cleared the revised construction plans (made in October 2017) presented by the state’s PWD on April 22 with additional conditions. In the revised clearances, the Union government has directed the state to follow a new clause of corporate environment responsibility (CER) plan.

Considering the proposal for amendment to the environmental and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) rules on construction near the shore clearance, the letter signed by Kaushal Vashisht, director, MoEFCC, read, “Based on the information furnished by the project proponent and the expert appraisal committee (EAC) recommendations, the Ministry hereby accords amendment to environmental and CRZ clearance with additional conditions.”

HT had reported on May 5 that while all previous conditions for environmental and CRZ clearances for the statue remain unchanged, EAC had directed the state to bring in additional clauses including a focus on marine conservation, a plan for management of fishing operations, during the construction, among other conditions.

The CER plan stipulates creation of infrastructure for drinking water, sanitation, health, education, skill development, roads, and help to farmers in areas around the project.

“The activities proposed under CER shall be restricted to the affected area. The monitoring report shall be submitted to the regional office as a part of a half-yearly compliance report, and to the district collector. It should be posted on the project website of the project proponent,” read the directions.

Vinayak Mete, chairman of the committee that oversees implementation of the memorial project, said the revised clearances will be adhered to, but the Centre’s recommendations will be implemented only after a fresh letter, seeking permission to further increase the statue’s height by another two metres (212m), is sanctioned.

The project is to construct a memorial – an oval-shaped basalt rocky outcrop - in the form of an equestrian statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on a reclaimed island in the Arabian Sea in the Back Bay area.“There is no eco-sensitive area or national park or sanctuaries located within 10km of project area. There is no forest land involved in the project. The proposed site falls in CRZ IV ‘A’ area,” read the environment ministry letter. The revised plans also includes setting up of two breakwaters (a barrier to protect the coast from waves) towards north and south end of the site.

Environmentalists said the new design would be disastrous for Mumbai’s coastline. “The Centre cannot give a revised clearance as the project parameters have changed completely. Apart from height modifications, the two breakwaters will cause significant change in project profile,” said Debi Goenka executive trustee of the environment group Conservation Action Trust, who has filed a petition in the Bombay high court regarding the project’s impact on marine.

“From a technical point of view,the design does not work as the 50m sword of the warrior king weighing 1,000 tonnes, will be constructed at an angle with a smaller pedestal,” said Goenka.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/shivaji-memorial-off-mumbai-coast-gets-nod-to-be-210-m-tall/story-hmntsRI7WqLDXAQ3KpqONI.html
 

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I think this project is on hold due to the new government. I hope this project starts soon, now due to the covid-19 maha government has put a hold on all new projects.


I really hope to
when it is completed it will become an icon for mumbai
like how the statue of liberty is for new york.
 

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Any Update?
 

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Good. It's a useless terrible homage that only insults his legacy while looting the State Budget. The Sena (and MVA too) insults Chhatrapati with their intolerance, obsessive sycophancy, meaningless symbolism. Even Balasaheb knew it was pointless waste of money trying to that stupid statue built. What's the point of this project especially given the state of affairs when it comes to Chhatrapati's forts? The Sena never bothered bringing up the piss poor state of what is cultural heritage of his empire? Raigad is mossy ruin, Rajgad is unreachable and will soon become a mound like Purandar, Sinhagad is an overgrown mess interspersed with garbage, Pratapgad is an encroached village slum and they can't even bother improving ferry services to Sindhudurg.

Honestly this project should die. It is an insult to Marathas and Marathi culture.
 

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Finally some update on this project

The Indian Express
What a colossal waste of money. They could fund several other metro projects for the money spent on this vanity project.

Forget Metro, you want to bring attention to the Legacy of Shivaji Maharaj, use that money to rehabilitate his forts. Shivneri is rotting, Rajgad is a moss covered ruin, janjira is facing erosion. God knows under which warehouse his swords and riches are stored in. (I've held his sword, our history teacher had to beg for a exhibition for 5-6 neighborhood schools. I was one of the volunteers)
 
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