After successful planning and about more than 20 odd permissions cleared, Shivaji memorial project which will have a 190 Feet tall Equestrian Shivaji Statue inside Arabian sea of Mumbai is set to be officially started upon May 2016 launch by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. Below are location details near H2O jetty, Project details and what all attractions to tourists will it bring for citizens and tourist of Mumbai
About Shivaji Memorial Statue
Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial, A Huge equestrian statue and a upcoming national monument of 312 feet height of great Maratha Fighter Shivaji statue will be seen soon at about 3 to 4 kilometres distance from Marine Lines inside Arabian Sea. The project begins on 19th February 2015 and end dates are still to be known, Yet it is decided to get things ready by 19th February 2019 which is a very special day, Birthday of Shivaji Maharaj (Celebrated as Shivaji Jayanti). An alternate idea of getting this world class iconic equestrian statue to be kept on INS Vikrant ship was initially given by baroda based architect Mr. Kolhatkar, But later as detailed below a plan is been proposed and after getting special permission from Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ4) authorities for that area inside Mumbai’s Arabian sea, the much awaited project as proposed in 2005 which got state government approval in 2011 is getting started. Considering it as a one and first of it’s kind of world class monument of India, An another tourist attraction spot of South Mumbai with more and more citizen visiting along with foreign tourist, Related security and other plans have been laid down and proposed. Soon this shivaji memorial complex will have Museum, Gallery, Amphitheatre, Marine Aquarium and lots more. Read complete details below..
Updates August 2016 : Some changes in the design at sight of Shivaji memorial has to be done considering the security and health emergency requirements. Added in the sea project is 10 Bed Hospital which can serve emergency cardiac patients if required as the route to land is about 4 km which may be a challenge. The mini hospital will also be to rescue during Tsunami situations.
Considering security against terror etc, A 3 tier security (Watch from Air, Water and Land) has been added to the project plans for which Bhumipoojan is expected on 15th October 2016. Rocky Tidal walls of 15.96 hectare will be covering the memorial which will be about 4 metres high to take care of high tides. This wall will be visible during low tides for about 40 minutes.
Statue Location Inside Arabian Sea
According to the details as specified at Maharashtra state government letter detailing project plans, the Memorial site is located near Marine Drive coastal area at approximately 1.2 to 1.5 Kilometre distance from Raj Bhavan at 3.6 distance from coast where currently H2O water sports adventure jetty is located, and at 2.6 Kilometre from Nariman Point (See Picture). The egg shaped basalt rocky place on which the development will be done is about 650 x 325 Meters. The exact Longitude and Latitude of the statue location are 72 ° 47’25.0″ East and 18 ° 55′ 33.8″ North.
How to Reach : It’s still long to get an officially declared address of this memorial, But according to the location details above, The nearest station to reach this attraction spot will be Marine Lines which is next to Churchgate at far south end on western railway route of Mumbai. Jetties will also be built from coastal location for travel and transport. Another jetty also from Gateway Of India for convenience of visitor who already around, They can easily travel via ferries at gateway reaching directly to shivaji memorial.
Attractions at Shivaji Memorial
World Class National Level Monument Icon of Raja Chhatrapati Shivaji is the main motto and attraction of this tourist spot, He was the first brave maratha fighter who fought against foreign rulers and mughals to help free India from all such ruling. Such a huge equestrian statue (Statue On Horse) of shivaji maharaj riding will be seen from far distance as the 312 feet height is more than Statue of Liberty, Will surely be one of the best future attractions of Mumbai city and also be on Mumbai Darshan list.
The real / correct height of the statue will be 190 Metre tall, An equestrian (Riding On Horse) statue as compared to previously talked about getting record breaking 309 feet, which is taller then the statue Of Liberty at 93 Meters (i.e 305 feet).
As per project plans the location around the memorial can have about 3000 people at a given time. It will have beautiful landscape in surroundings and a special shivaji museum which having the real artefacts used by Chattrapati Shivaji during wars. Also one will see the originally written inspirational quotes by him. A gallery inside OR near Museum will also showcase the brave life of Shivaji Raje via its stories. Not just museum, an amphitheatre along with auditorium is planned to be built. What’s more ? Adding to the attractions listed, surrounding this memorial is also planned an water sports activity adventure with Sound and light show for onlookers. Adding more to it, a Marine Aquarium is expected as per plans and special multi-level car parking facilities will be made along with quick and prominent evacuation plans via boats and helicopters in case of any sea and water disasters. After overall study and research by planner and groups from IIT and considering every possible pros and cons in a strict and planned manner, Major authorities like Western Naval Command, Fisheries Department and MPT gave clearance to this project that will be a national level attraction in India being in Mumbai city and hope possibly be listed at world heritage in future.
Want to feel this Arabian sea a little more in your leisure time and that’s is possible too with surroundings of this monument having cafe, refreshment options, Bookstalls and Lavatories too. Ghosh, i am i dreaming and talking about same Mumbai ? Yes, that is why this is said to be going in World’s Icon memorial of such a great Maratha Fighter being inside sea of Mumbai. There are lots on the proposal list and planning and hope it goes all as planned and we citizen along with tourists get the best of this attraction.
Leaning towards eco-friendliness this place will have energy saver and efficient electricity fittings which will also use solar energy and will utilize ‘Storm & Rain Water’ with water recycle / reuse and treatment plans in place.
Securing the memorial from storms and high tides is a major task and sea wall will be built around along with retaining walls using submarine rocks. Security guards will be placed at all required located connecting coastal and around memorial. Hi-tech electronic devices and CCTV cameras will be operating 24 x 7.
Timings and Charges
NOTE : Since the project is at very early stage, Things might change with time. We will love your comments and updates on same and will do the needful as and when possible.
So are there any other statues of attractions to be seen in Mumbai ? Yes, Have a look at UTV walk of stars, Celebrity statues at Bandra’s bandstand.
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