The location for installing statute of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in
the Arabian Sea has been finalised. The proposed 309 feet grand memorial
will come up on an 18-acre island four km into the sea from Marine Drive
and one kilometer from the Raj Bhavan, said a senior Mantralaya official.
According to the plans, the Shivaji memorial will house an open-air theatre, a library and a museum showcasing the Maratha warrior's life.
According to the plans the grand memorial of Shivaji will house an open
air theatre, a library and a museum showcasing the life of the Maratha
warrior. Acceding to an official, "In 2009, the cost was pegged at Rs
350 crore. With the delay, the cost is likely to escalate. Also, it will
vary depending on the statue design that the government approves."
Though there are several statues of the revered Maratha king, this huge
statue surrounded by a garden and with a museum, will be unique and aims
at making it a landmark in the country's financial capital. The statue will depict Chhatrapati Shivaji mounted on a horse, like
other statues of the warrior dotting the city.
The international airport, museum and its historic
rail terminus, originally the Victoria Terminus in Mumbai, named after the Maratha
warrior king Shivaji. Shivaji establish the Maratha empire in the Sahyadri mountain range in the 17th century, already has statues
dedicated to him at the historic Gateway of India, the international
airport and the suburban Juhu seafront.