Senior Congress leader Prithviraj Chavan today accused the BJP-led Maharashtra government of reducing the height of the proposed statue of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, to be constructed in the Arabian sea, from 160 metres to 126 metres.
The state government has been maintaining that the height of the statue would be 210 metres and that it would be the tallest statue in the world.
"The government claims that it has increased the height of the statuefrom 192 metres to 210 metres and that it would be the tallest statue in the world.
"But the fact is that the government reduced the height of the statue while increasing the height of its pedestal," the former chief minister said while addressing a press conference.
"However, the government amended the project plan on December 23, 2016, and brought down the height of the statue to 126 metres while increasing the height of the pedestal to 84 metres. This means the government has reduced the height of the proposed bronze statue by 34 metres," said Chavan.
The Congress leader asked the government to explain why the project plan was altered even after the Environment Ministry had given its final nod.
"Is it true that the clearance for the revised plan has not been received yet? Did the government reduce the height of the bronze statueas a cost cutting measurebecause the financial condition of the state is not good? he asked.
Chavan wondered how could Shivaji's statue would be the tallest in the world at a time when the BJP is claiming that the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, coming up in Gujarat, will be the tallest one.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Legislative Assembly that the government had not amended the project plan.
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