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Graphic shows location of the statue of 17th century Indian warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, with details of construction costs.


Mumbai plans the world’s tallest statue

By Ninian Carter

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.

PUBLISHED: 13/07/2018; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Handouts