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July 13, 2018 - Plans to erect the world’s tallest statue in Mumbai, a $500m effigy of Shivaji, are under fire from millions of Indians struggling in poverty.
Wikipedia – The Shiv Smarak or Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial is a monument under construction to honor the 17th century Indian warrior king and founder of the Maratha Empire, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The statue is to be located in the Arabian Sea, near the coast of Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The statue will be orientated to face Mumbai, on a manmade island and will stand 210m tall, and be the world's tallest statue when completed.
The project area encompasses over 16 hectares will include a theatre, food court, and library. It is due to be finished in 2021.
The foundation stone of the $500m+ statue was laid by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on December 24, 2016.
- Critics decry waste of $500m as India plans world’s tallest statue (The Financial Times)
- Larsen & Toubro to construct Shivaji memorial in Mumbai for Rs. 2,500 cr (The Indian Wire)
- PM Narendra Modi in Maharashtra to lay foundation for Rs. 3,600 Crore Shivaji Memorial (NDTV)
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial (Design Associates Inc)