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Government may issue fresh tender for Shivaji’s mid-sea memorial

Shivaji-mid-seaThe 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 Maratha king 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 JJ School of Architecture. On the last occasion the court had refused to grant a stay to the opening of bids.

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