Maharashtra govt proposes ‘taller’ Shivaji statue after UP government announces tallest Lord Ram statue in Ayodhya

Proposed Shivaji Memorial, Mumbai
The Shivaji memorial entails an equestrian statue of warrior king Shivaji Maharaj on a submerged rocky outcrop off Mumbai’s Backbay area. The location is about 2.4 km from Nariman Point, on a reclaimed island. The statue is to be cast in bronze and will stand atop a pedestal designed as a multi-storey structure.
Narendra Modi laying foundation in December 2016 – Shivaji Memorial
This is a flagship project led by BJP-Shiv Sena government in the state, and the foundation of the same was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in December 2016.
The dimensions of the statue were proposed at 210 metre in height, including a 121.2-m statue standing atop an 88.8-m pedestal. In February this year, the state government had reduced the height of the equestrian statue of the warrior king by 7.5 m and increased the height of the sword by 7.5 m.
Proposed Shivaji Memorial, Mumbai

Uttar Pradesh government, in November, announced that it will build a 221-metre statue of Lord Ram in Ayodhya. The Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath finalised the details of the bronze sculpture that will include a 20 metres overhead umbrella, a pedestal with a height of 50 metres, the actual statue will stand at a height of 151 metres.
Proposed Lord Ram Statue, Ayodhya, UP (Image Credit – TOI)

Following this, Vinayak Mete, Chairman of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial Project Implementation, Monitoring and Co-ordination Committee announced that they are re-considering the height of Shivaji statue again. According to him, a decision will be taken whether the height of the proposed statue should be increased.
Proposed Shivaji Memorial, Arabian Sea, Mumbai

Addressing a gathering of his party workers in Jalna, Mete, who is also the president of Shiv Sangram, a Maratha organisation said:

“If it is true, then we will demand that the height of the Shivaji statue be increased to 230 m to make it a grand memorial. We will ensure that the height of the statue is increased.”


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The cost of Shivaji Maharaj statue is approximately ₹4,000 crore, whereas UP government is yet to disclose the cost of the proposed Lord Ram statue.

With the latest developments, it seems that the Maharashtra and UP governments are suffering from “Mine is bigger than yours syndrome” and ultimately it is only the taxpayer who will bear the brunt of every inch that is increased or decreased.
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