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PROPOSED SHIVAJI STATUE AT MARINE DRIVE TO BE TALLER THAN THE STATUE OF LIBERTY BY A FEW FEET

Shivaji-statue-2The state government will invite artists and architects from across the world to submit designs for the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji monument that is to be constructed on an island off the city coast. The winning design will serve as the blue print for the monument. According to a state government officer, artists will have to prepare a design on the basis of the plan prepared by the Public Works Department’s architect. Details of the same would also be posted on the government website. As per the proposal, the monument will have a 309-foot statue of the Maratha warrior – slightly taller than the 305ft 1in Statue of Liberty in New York. The foundation of the statue will be almost 150 feet high and the statue will take up the remaining height. The statue will be fabricated in sections and the parts will be assembled at the site. The winner of the competition will be awarded Rs 2 lakh in prize money, the second prize will be Rs 1.5 lakh and the third, Rs 1 lakh. Expected to become a big tourist attraction, the monument will resemble an island fort and the design will include both historical as well as contemporary architectural features. It will be built on a five-acre island off Marine Drive. Apart from the statue, the proposed Rs 100 crore island project will have an amphitheatre with sound and music systems for daily slideshows that will depict various phases of Shivaji’s life; an exhibition gallery; a garden; a food court and a library where tourists can buy books on the Maratha king’s life.

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