Mumbai's Shivaji statue update
The Maharashtra government has selected the concept design submitted by Team One Architect, Mumbai and Bensley Design Studios, Thailand, for the life-size statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji in the Arabian sea. The state had shortlisted the concept designs submitted by 11 firms to choose the three best proposals. At its meeting on Tuesday, the state cabinet decided to accept the design proposed by Team One and Bensley Design Studios. The Rs 350-crore plan proposes a life-size statue of the Maharashtra icon Chhatrapati Shivaji in the stretch of the Arabian sea between Malabar Hill, Girgaum chowpaty and Marine Drive. The 309-feet tall monument will be located around 1 km into the sea from Marine Drive. It will be modelled on the Statue of Liberty in New York. The monument premises will also have a museum showcasing the antique pieces associated with the Maratha king, cafeteria, a sprawling garden, and an open theatre. In the current fiscal, the state government has earmarked a budgetary provision of Rs 50 crore and the remaining Rs 300 crore will be spent during the 11th five-year plan.