Mumbai plans the world’s tallest statue
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 honour the 17th century Indian warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire.
The statue is to be located on a man-made island in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai, in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The 210m-tall statue will be orientated to face Mumbai, and will be the world’s tallest statue when completed.
The project area encompasses over 16 hectares and 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 Indian Prime Minister 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)