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shivaji to loose height to save tax-payers’ money

Change in height proposed tosave Rs 338 crore

Mumbai.

Changes in the height of the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial off the coast of Mumbai will save Rs 334 crore in tax money

While replying to an RTI, the Maharashtra government said that it has decided to alter the height specifications of the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial.

This is being done to reduce the cost of building the monument which currently stands at Rs 3,600 crore. Proposed off the coast of Mumbai, the monument is expected to be built in the honour of the Maratha ruler.

Changes in the proposed structure will include shortening the height of the statue by 7.5 metres and increasing the height of the statue’s sword by 7.5 metres.

A reply filed by the Maharashtra government said that these alterations will not affect the structure’s overall height which will be 212 metres including the height of the pedestal and 121.2 metres without the pedestal.

While the height of the statue will be reduced to 75.7 metres from 83.2 metres, the height of the statue’s sword has been increased from 38 metres to 45.5 metres.

In fact, even the height of the pedestal on which the statue will stand has been changed from 96.2 metres to 87.4 metres.

In its reply, the state government has said that this reduction in the height of the pedestal will save Rs 338.94 crore in costs.

Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the project in December of 2016, the proposal has run into sharp criticism.

The exorbitant amount of tax money to be used for the construction of the structure has invited controversy for the Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra state government.

Private company Larsen & Toubro landed the contract in March to construct the memorial on a 15.96-acre area off the coast of Mumbai for a whopping Rs 2,500 crore. Construction of the memorial is expected to take place in two phases spanning over 36 months. The first phase of the project will most likely begin in October this year.

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