Forum demands change of location for Shivaji Memorial

 Mumbai
Forum demands change of location for Shivaji Memorial

The  Apli Mumbai Citizen Forum has protested against the proposed project of building the world's tallest monument - a mammoth statue of Shivaji, in the Arabian Sea. 

The Apli Mumbai Citizen Forum president Retired Vice Admiral I C Rao says the Forum has demanded that the state government change the place for the proposed project of the memorial, as it is not only a difficult task, but also not feasible in terms of technical know how and finance. The world’s tallest monument, a mammoth statue of Shivaji is proposed to be erected in the Arabian sea by the state government. The proposal has been mired in dispute for a long time as local fishermen and  environmentalists are opposed to the project. 

The Apli Mumbai Citizen Forum has suggested shifting the project to Bhaucha Dhakka as an island already exists on the spot and the  Shivaji memorial can be erected there. The estimated budget of the project is Rs 3,600 crore out of which Rs 2,500 crore has been estimated for the first phase. 15.96 hectares island will be constructed in the middle of the Arabian sea which will be 1.2 km from the H20 jetty and 3.60 km from Raj Bhavan. 

Rao also pointed out many errors and difficulties that will be involved in the execution of the project. Rao has suggested proceeding with the Shivaji memorial work at the Cross Island. Shiv Smarak Committee, Vinayak Mete however has rejected the proposal saying that it will not be possible to make any changes in the proposed plan of the Shivaji memorial. Rao says he will meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and will discuss the technical snags of the project with him.

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