PM to visit Mumbai on Dec 24 to lay foundation stone of Rs 3600 crore Shivaji memorial

PM to visit Mumbai on Dec 24 to lay foundation stone of Rs 3600 crore Shivaji memorial
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be laying foundation stone for the proposed Rs 3,600-crore Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial project in Arabian Sea on December 24.

Modi will also be visiting Mumbai and Pune for the stone laying ceremony of Metro Rail Project on the same day, Fadnavis told a post Assembly Session press conference in Vidhan Bhavan.

“I am glad to announce that much awaited bhoomi poojan of ambitious Shiv Smarak (memorial) in the Arabian Sea will be performed by the hands of PM Narendra Modi on December 24. And to make the function memorable holy water of more than 70 rivers and holy soil of Maharashtra forts will be use to perform the ceremony,” CM Fadnavis said in a statement.

The CM also stated that all 12 permissions required from the union government for the project have been obtained.

“A highest statue of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj will be placed on the proposed island on 15.96 hectare of reclaimed land in Arabian Sea. The work will be done in two phases of which first phase will cost Rs 2,300 crore. In the first phase, the structure of Tulja Bhavani Mandir (temple), 8 museums, exhibition gallery, amphitheatre, helipad and hospital will be constructed,” Fadnavis added.

The CM also responded to those who had earlier slammed the government for spending an exorbitant amount on the construction of the memorial by saying that no amount was too big to spend to pay tribute to the Maratha warrior.

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