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(Sectional view of Statue designed by J.J. School of Architecture.Edited Image courtesy: Maharashtra PWD)
Mumbai economy would get a big boost after the development of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai.
The Rs 1890-crore project is expected to result in an annual expenditure of Rs 17,458 crore/year by tourists visiting the Memorial. The project last week received fast-track environmental clearance from the Centre. 
On 13th February, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis tweeted “Thank you @PrakashJavdekar ji(Union Minister for Environment & Forests) for giving environmental clearance today, for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Memorial in Arabian Sea.”
According to a study commissioned by Maharashtra Public Works Department (PWD), “With the erection of the memorial it would attract leisure tourists due to the historical significance of the memorial. The leisure tourists visiting Mumbai would need to stay for an extra day to visit the memorial. The economic gains due to leisure tourists would be Rs 8703.89 crores. The non- leisure tourists would visit the memorial once due to its novelty. Hence, one time economic gains due to non-leisure tourists would be Rs 8754.67 crores.”
The study has arrived at these projections by multiplying average expenses that overnight domestic tourist incurs per person with the number of tourists who visit Mumbai per day. It has also factored increase prospects of tourists to Kolhapur, Nasik, Thane, Pune extending their visit to Mumbai to visit the Memorial. Similarly, it has multiplied the average expenditure which foreign overnight visitors incur per person on a trip with the total number of such visitors per year. 
The Study says: “The proposed memorial and statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the revered king and founder of Maratha Kingdom off the Coast of Mumbai in the Arabian Sea is aimed at not only providing a place to visit but also to create an internationally acclaimed landmark for our nation. The implementation of the said project shall bring socio-cultural awareness and well planned facilities for recreation, education and ideas interchange. It will also place Mumbai as a place with unique attraction of tallest statue in the World for people to visit. It will provide a facility to learn and experience the history of Maharashtra and also of India with library, digital library, Marine Biodiversity Sensitisation Centre, Laser Show, light & sound show in theatre.”
As many as 10,000 visitors are expected to visit the memorial every day. They would be ferried to memorial site by 20 motor boats, each with a capacity to carry 100 persons and make five trips up and down daily. 
The boats will be operating from the Nariman Point and Gateway of India. From the Gateway of India, the sea route distance is 12 km and that from Nariman Point is 3.5 km.
The project would include about 193-metre tall statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, an art museum exhibiting various aspects of Shivaji Maharaja’s kingdom era records, amphitheatre and auditoria of various sizes, exhibition gallery and marine aquarium comprising Dolphin pool and a deep sea environment facility.
The other components of the project include coastal and marine resources interpretation and sensitization centre; landscaping and open space of viewing and five levels of galleries, common facilities such as cafeteria, stalls, jetties and helipad and environmental safeguards facilities.
The statute of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj riding a horse would be developed on 32.5-metre tall pedestal comprising three layers of specified materials. The pedestal would be octagonal in shape - the shape of RAJMUDRA of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The central core of the pedestal would support the statue which would be about 160 m in height from the base.
The Memorial would be developed at a site that would be 1.2 km from Raj Bhavan and 3.2 Km from Marine Drive. The entire project would be completed in five years. Total construction area for the whole project is 85490 square metres. The project would be equipped to deal with the risk of terrorism. 
According to ‘Risk Assessment’/disaster management plan for the project, “terrorism is relatively unlikely risk for most parts, but considering the history of Mumbai, this factor has to be taken into consideration and with high priority. It is increasingly turning to be a force in modern life in Mumbai. The sites that represent history or those that have high symbolic value like this proposed site face highest risks of terrorist attacks.” 
It promises implementation of “stringent measures” to “avoid any such situations at this site.”
 
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