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What Shivaji Statue, World’s Tallest, Can Do For Maharashtra–If Not Built

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It could pay for a micro-irrigation programme to bring water to thousands of farmers over two years; pay for new rural roads seven times over; electricity projects five times over; restore 300 medieval forts in Maharashtra.

 

But the Maharashtra government, on October 26, 2016, started work on the world’s tallest statue–of medieval Maratha monarch Shivaji–off Mumbai’s coast and intends to spend Rs 3,600 crore, at current estimates. Since it was first conceived 12 years ago, the budget for Shivaji’s statue has risen 35 times.

 

The state government bypassed legal procedure by getting an exemption on February 5, 2015, from conducting public hearings on the statue’s construction–local fishermen say it will affect their fishing grounds, and the island that will be its base–from the Union Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change.

 

The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the electricity utility BEST recently expressed their inability to lay underwater cables to the statue site–3.5 km out to sea–citing “lack of expertise”.

 

Shivaji statue will surpass Patel statue by 8 metres to be tallest in the world

 

The idea for the Shivaji statue first emerged in 1980. In 2004, the budget was around Rs 100 crore, which jumped to Rs 700 crore in 2009, Rs 1,400 crore in 2013 and Rs 3,600 crore in 2016.

 

The Rs 3,600 crore to be spent on the statue will be equivalent to:

 

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The statue will be the world’s tallest at 190 metres, 8 metres taller than Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’, now under construction in Gujarat and slated for completion in 2018.

 

Currently, the Veera Abhaya Anjaneya Hanuman Swami in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, is the tallest statue (41 meters) in India, IndiaSpend reported in November 2015.

 

 

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  1. SuchindranathAiyerS Reply

    November 9, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Shivaji would be pleased If this was spent instead to destroy Periyar, Ambedkar, Nehru, Gandhi, Patel statues.

  2. sahebrao jaurkar Reply

    December 22, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Shall be befitting tribute to great warrior.

  3. Yogesh Dhawde Reply

    December 24, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    It’s a request to editor to please change the headline and add “Shivaji Maharaj Statue” instead of “Shivaji Statue”.

    Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is not just a ordinary king, he is feelings and God of Maharashtra.

    So, please edit it before something wrong happens.

    • Shivaji Maharaj Reply

      December 28, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Only thing wrong here is your bad attitude and pathetic English.

  4. Swapnil Kotwal Reply

    December 26, 2016 at 10:52 am

    Do you feel proud that Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders, is in India?

    If you study history, you will probably realise that the freedom you are experiencing is due to brave souls like Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

    Shivaji Maharaj is our God, our passion, our pride to be an Indian.

    So, is it just waste of money if our nation is spending some amount in teaching history to our students?

    It’s 100% true that if Maharaj would be here, he would have never spent money on his statue.

    You can buy educational materials and health systems but can you buy the passion to die for the nation (why is there reservation for Marathas in the army), self-esteem and pride?

    Millions of people from each district are protesting for this long-pending demand since 1980. As per your own statistics, the statue is pending from 1980. It means 100s of government officers and ministers might have discussed this topic 100s of times.

    You want to prove that IAS officers and millions of people in Maharashtra are idiots, careless? They don’t want to irrigate their farms? They don’t want better educational and health systems for their next generation?

    We appreciate mega structures built by other nations to attract tourism e.g Dubai and China… then what is the problem if we spend something to do the same?

    I understand the importance of micro-irrigation, education and better health systems and we are working on it but at the same time we should preserve our heritage and pass it on to the next generation.

    • Mandeep Reply

      December 28, 2016 at 11:36 am

      Your jingoism is understandable but let me tell you there is NO reservation in the army for anyone.

      If the state is prosperous enough, then yes, it may spend that much money but certainly not when farmers reel under drought year after year.

      If Shivaji Maharaj was alive, he would have disapproved the idea.

  5. TrueIndian Reply

    January 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    To all those who are in favor of the statue… may God guide you in the correct path.

    if you need to worship the “God”, buy a picture for your home or contribute by yourself and construct a statue.

    Do not spend the taxpayers money on building any statues (let alone this one)

    Let’s develop our country first, and once done, build memorials and statues.

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