It seems unlikely, but there may soon be a connection between the Burj Khalifa and the proposed Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial.
If talks between the state gover nment and Canadian architecture and engineering firm Norr — it supervised the construction of the Burj Khalifa and Atlantis-The Palm hotel in Dubai — materialise, then the firm will design the ambitious Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial proposed to be built on an artificial island in the Arabian Sea.
A final decision will be taken in a meeting scheduled at the Mantralaya on August 10.
“We have invited them to give us a presentation and convey their interest in the project,” said additional chief secretary of general administration department, PS Meena, who will conduct the meeting.
After the proposal was floated, three international consultants showed interest.
The three firms — US-based Egis group, a consortium of the Indo-French fir m STUP Consultants Put Ltd, Fairford consultants and Design Associates and a consortium of Pentacle Consultants and Canada-based Norr Group — had put in their tenders and qualified.
“Norr has relevant experience in designing projects that are constructed in and around the sea and so seem more qualified to do the project,” Meena said.
A committee headed by Vinayak Mete (who heads the party Shivsangram, which is a BJP ally) was formed to take a lead in finalising the project implementation, which has given its first preference to Norr group.
If this does not work out, t hen other players will be considered.
The project, estimated to cost more than Rs1,000 crore, will be built on a 16-hectare rock in the sea, which is 1.5km from the Raj Bhawan and 4km from Nariman Point.
Apart from the equestrian statue of the warrior King, it will have amenities such as a restaurant and a garden.