Construction major, Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) bagged the contract to execute the ambitious Shivaji Memorial project proposed to be built in the Arabian Sea. Though L&T was the lowest bidder with a quote of Rs 3826 crore, the amount was much higher than the Maharashtra government’s estimation of Rs 2300 crore. After negotiations, both the parties arrived at the contract amount of Rs 2500 crore plus taxes. The contract has been allotted a year after the stone laying ceremony for the project was conducted in December 2016 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis gave the letter of acceptance to the directors of L&T and the work on the project is expected to commence soon after the Monsoon. Before that some ground work need to be done by the contractor while some more approvals and permissions are yet tp be obtained by the state government.
The statue will be located facing Mumbai in the Arabian Sea, near the coast of Mumbai city 1.5 km away on a manmade island of rocks. It will be 210 meters (690 feet) in height, 270 meters tall including its base, and would be the world’s tallest statue when completed. The project area is planned to be spread over 130,000 square meters, and the statue will be surrounded by a theater, food court, and library.
The proposed memorial will cater to 10,000 guests a day and it will bear the architecture of the Maratha empire. It will have an amphitheatre, a temple, a library, a food court, an audio-guided tour, a 3D-4D film and an aquarium, helipads and even an hospital.