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The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial or Shiv Smarak, a monument being constructed in Mumbai to honour the Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, has received a nod from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to raise its height.

The committee viewed the project and gave a nod for increasing the height of the memorial by two mtr to 212 mtr from the earlier 210 mtr. The cost to increase this height has been pegged at Rs 81 crore.

The original height of the statue was planned at 192 mtr; however, the state government decided to make it the world’s tallest statue and thus opted to raise its height to 212 mtr which also received the nod.

The estimated cost of the project, pegged at Rs 2,800 crore, is now set to rise.

The memorial being developed by the Public Works Department, Maharashtra, will come up in the Arabian Sea at Marine Drive in Mumbai on EPC basis.

The project which is aimed to boost tourism also saw an allocation of Rs 300 crore in the state budget 2018. The project conceptualised 15 years ago received the environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) in December 2014, and on 24 December, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi performed Jal Pujan for constructing the monument.

The contract for design, engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and operation of the memorial was awarded to Larsen & Toubro (L&T) on EPC basis in March 2018.

The project involves construction of a Shivaji Memorial, an open theatre accommodating 200 people, an art museum, amphitheatre and auditoriums, exhibition gallery, aquarium, library,viewing galleries within the statue at various levels, etc.

It will also have cafeteria, toilets, baby care centre and facilities for visitors such as public telephone, kiosks, administrative block, helipads, jetties, etc.

The actual construction work on the project is likely to be commenced by October 2018. Once completed, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial will be the world’s tallest monument.

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