Mumbai: In a fresh development, the Maratha King Shivaji Maharaj’s statue could be placed outside the CST railway station. The work could start as soon as this weekend.
There are already five other statues of the great Maratha ruler on public land across Mumbai — Gateway of India, Mumbai international airport, Dadar’s Shivaji Park, Juhu beach and Chembur — while one more has been planned in the middle of the Arabian Sea. The newest statue will be built at the entrance of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, on the P D’mello Road side, and is estimated to cost the state government Rs 1.5 crore, reported Hindustan Times.
Officials said that Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu will most likely be in the city on Sunday to lay the foundation stone of the statue. Sources said the statue will be designed by the JJ School of Arts, which has already suggested three designs to Central Railway authorities, who have sent it forward to the Railway Board for approval of the statue.
Government approvals for the statue of Shivaji comes 21 years after the Victoria Terminus was renamed after Shivaji. For years now, there have been demands for a Shivaji statue or build a memorial at the station, a CR official said. “The statue is likely to be constructed within a year,” the official said.