India: Statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji – 100 m taller than Statue of Liberty

Chhatrapati Shivaji

Chhatrapati Shivaji , the Indian national hero will have the tallest statue in the world.

This weekend the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, flew to Mumbai to set the cornerstone for the Statue of Indian national hero Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is estimated that this monument of the 16th century ruler of Maratha Empire will cost 36 billion rupees or 530 million dollars.

The statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji  which will be built in the Arabian Sea off the coast of Mumbai, will be 192 meters high – the highest monument in the world, said last week the chief minister of the Indian state of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis.

For comparison, the Statue of Liberty is 93 meters high. The current highest statue in the world, Lechzen Sesachacha Buddha, located in Myanmar. It is 115.8 meters high. The other two highest statues also are dedicated to the Buddha. Spring Temple Buddha in China’s high 108.45 meters, while Ushiku Daibutsu in Japan is 100 meters high.

India is also working on the Statue of Unity, in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, first deputy prime minister of the country. The monument is under construction Narmada dam, Gujarat, and will be 182 meters high. The government is spending 29.7 billion rupees (438 million dollars) for the four-year project, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

The project to build a statue comes ahead of very important elections in Maharashtra in February 2017.

Some Indians have expressed their dissatisfaction with the statue, indicating that the government instead of that, need to spend money on something worthwhile and important for the poor.

More than 30,000 people signed a petition in hopes of forestalling government to “wasting” money. “This is money of the taxpayers and I’m sure we would all like to spend money for something better – education, infrastructure, food … anything but a statue that does not use anybody,” said the petition.

“Shivaji would not like this and I’m sure you can find other ways to honor him. Besides spending money, this statue will be terrible for the environment, traffic in south Mumbai and security nightmare, “it added.