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PM Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of Rs 3,600 Cr Shivaji Memorial in Mumbai on Saturday

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial at an island in Arabian Sea off Mumbai coast on Saturday.

Sources said, Modi is likely to take a hovercraft from Girgaum Chowpatty to the island to lay the foundation stone.

Proposed on around 15-hectare Island, the memorial will be as high as 210 metres of which 60% would be the height of the statue alone. The total cost of the project is Rs 3,600 crore of which first phase would cost Rs 2,500 crore.

Earlier, there was confusion over PM's visit to the island but Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently made it clear that Modi would be visiting the island.

The PM will also lay the foundation stone for two Metro rail projects, elevated rail corridors project and the Mumbai Trans Harbour link besides addressing a public function in suburban Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).

Significantly, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray would attend the event.

On October 11, 2015, Modi had laid the foundation stone of a grand memorial to Babasaheb Ambedkar at the Indu Mills compound in Mumbai, a function which was boycotted by Shiv Sena whose chief Uddhav Thackeray was not invited.

Meanwhile, the Congress accused the BJP-led Maharashtra government of trying to derive a political mileage from scheduled foundation stone laying ceremony.

PM Modi to Lay Foundation Stone of Rs 3,600 Cr Shivaji Memorial in Mumbai - News18
 

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PM Modi lays foundation stone for Rs. 3,600 crore Shivaji Memorial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the grand memorial of Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on board a hovercraft in the Arabian Sea off the Mumbai coast.

The main feature of the Shivaji memorial is that it costs Rs. 3,600 crore. Along with Prime Minister Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally Shiv Sena's chief Uddhav Thackeray were also present on board the hovercraft.

The Maharashtra Government will fund the entire project and has already set aside Rs. 2,300 crore for the first phase of construction.

The memorial project has been facing stiff opposition from fishermen and environmentalists, who have alleged that it would affect marine life and ecology of the Arabian Sea.

The Prime Minister's visit assumes political significance as the high-stake elections to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are just a few months away.

The Prime Minister is on a day-long visit to Maharashtra and will now head to Pune, where he will lay the foundation stone of the Pune Metro Rail project at the Agriculture College ground there.

PM Modi lays foundation stone for Rs. 3,600 crore Shivaji Memorial | Zee News
 
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