Finally, the contentious and somewhat controversial proposal to erect a Chhatrapati Shivaji statue and museum in the Arabian Sea is about to reach its logical conclusion. In a bid to boost tourism to Mumbai and particularly the Marine Drive area, the state government is pushing ahead with an expensive Rs 300 crore plan to showcase the Maratha war hero in all his glory. Recently, a model of the Chhatrapati Shivaji statue and museum in the Arabian Sea project was inaugurated at the hands of chief minister Ashok Chavan at Mantralaya. On this occasion, deputy chief minister Chaggan Bhujbal and other ministers were also present. The project envisages the building of a helipad, garden, restaurant, restrooms, a museum showcasing things that belonged to Shivaji, and literature about him. Separate spaces would also be made for an open theatre seating 200 people, plus a viewing deck to observe the statue and the site better, apart from a separate museum to showcase Mumbai city. With cameraperson Ranjeet Gupta, Dhiraj Mishra for NMTV News.
September 4, 2015