Mumbai : The Maharashtra Government on Monday informed the Bombay High Court that it had not yet taken a final decision on the award of tender for the construction of mid-sea memorial of King Shivaji.

Advocate General Darius Khambata made the statement before the division bench of Justices S J Vajifdar and Anil Menon, in response to a petition by Team Architects One Pvt Ltd, which has challenged the project and sought a stay to the opening of submitted bids.

Khambata said in fact the government was planning to issue a fresh tender as very few bids were received earlier.

The petitioner firm then sought time to file a rejoinder, following which the court adjourned the hearing to June 23.

A 300-feet statue of Shivaji has been proposed to be put up in the Arabian Sea, facing the Marine Drive in south Mumbai. The project also includes a museum, an aquarium, a library and an amphitheatre.

According to the

petitioner firm, the government had earlier selected its plan for the memorial, but later it backed out, causing the firm a loss.

The state’s affidavit gives the reasons for rejecting the petitioner’s plan. The current plan has been prepared by Rajiv Mishra, principal of J J School of Architecture.

On the last occasion the court had refused to grant a stay to the opening of bids.  PTI

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