Maha: Z++ security for Rs 1900 crore Shivaji Maharaj statue

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Mumbai, Feb 22: Maharashtra has proposed an elaborate security arrangement for Rs 1,900 crore Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj memorial in the Arabian Sea off Mumbai.

According to a Times of India report, the measures are aimed at countering 26/11 type terror attack at the site which, as per government estimate, would be visited by nearly 10,000 people daily.

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"Besides an anti-radar system on the 16 hectare rocky outcrop 2.6km from Nariman Point, permanent bunkers will be erected that security personnel can use in case of an attack. The memorial will be under CCTV surveillance", the report quoted an official as saying.

The report said the public works department which is working on the project has written to National Security Guards, Mumbai police, and also the Coast Guard to co-ordinate and work up providing security to the memorial.

The Rs 1,900 crore, 190 feet statue which is being promoted as a tourist attraction, will be commissioned in 2019.

The project will be built on a 16 hectare rock, identified at 1.5km away from the Raj bhawan and 4km from Nariman point.

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