The 210-metre-high statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, which the Maharashtra government plans to build in the sea off the Mumbai coast, has received environmental clearance, making it the world’s tallest statue, once built. The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) on Monday approved the government’s application to increase the height from the earlier proposed 192 metres.
Our major concern was whether the state had received height clearance from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). After they submitted all permissions to us and presented a comparison of different statues in the world, we were told that the tip of Shivaji Maharaj’s sword will be at 210 metres. Last year, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis directed the Ministry of Finance to make budgetary allocation of Rs3,600 crore for the project.
The equestrian statue of the warrior king has been planned on a rocky outcrop of 15.96 hectares, roughly 1.5km from Raj Bhavan, at the southern tip of Mumbai. The memorial will have a temple, hospital, entrance modelled on the Raigad fort and a museum showcasing highlights of Shivaji’s life all of which will be built in the first phase of the project, at an estimated cost of Rs2,500 crore.