The Maharashtra government on Friday received a go-ahead from the Centre and the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) to build a statue of the Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj in the Arabian Sea off the Mumbai coast.
On Friday, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis announced in Pune that all the clearances required from the MoEF were received. Fadnavis had a meeting with Union minister Prakash Javadekar and surface transport minister Nitin Gadkari in Pune.
The CM later told media that it will not be possible to conduct bhoomipujan on the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj on February 19, the date announced by the government earlier.
The state government has, now, set a new deadline for the bhoomipujan of the Shivaji Statue, as a couple of key clearances are yet to be formally received by the Centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the construction of the statue before May 1.
According to the sources in Mantralaya, the tenders for the consultant would not be invited unless the remaining couple of permissions are received. "Though Javadekar has reportedly cleared the environmental clearances today, the notification is yet to be issued. Moreover, there are other permissions, including that of civil aviation, which are pending. But it is matter of few days as all the permission have been approved in-principal by the departments concerned," said the officer.
Vinayak Mete, BJP MLC and the chief of the committee appointed to implement the project, said, "It is true that a couple of permissions are yet to be received from the central government. Once the permissions are done, we will invite tenders for the appointment of the consultant for the project in next few weeks. Our endeavour would be to inaugurate the project by before May 1 by Modi."
There are 22 permissions required from various departments of the state and central government for the project, which is proposed on a 15.96 hectare rocky outcrop in the sea. Ninety-five percent of the permissions have already been received, according to Mete.