Taking clue from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s prestigious Statue of Unity (Sardar Patel), on the banks of river Narmada in Gujarat, now Karnataka government is coming out with a plan to erect a 125-feet statue of Mother Cauvery at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district.
On the proposed statue of Mother Cauvery, which is expected to boost tourism in the region, Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar said, “It is not exactly a statue, it will be like a tower. The land already belongs to the government and we will be inviting investors to invest in it, no government money will be used. It will be a tourist destination.”
The estimated cost of the entire project comes to Rs 1,200 crore and the government has received help from private investors. The Minister has also announced the plan to build a museum complex, a bandstand, an indoor stadium, a replica of historical monuments and two glass towers measuring 360 feet that gives a bird’s eye view of the KRS reservoir.
Ever since the Statue of Unity was erected, several governments have joined the race to build a statue. Maharashtra Government is already on a Maharaja Shivaji statue in Indian Ocean.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had proposed to install a 151-m mega Lord Ram statue on a 51-m pedestal in Ayodhya. This would make the statue taller than Prime Minister Modi’s 182-m ‘Statue of Unity’ in Gujarat. Apart from Lord Ram statue, UP government has sought corporate funds for the proposed Ayodhya project. Both the projects are estimated to cost more than Rs 10 billion.
Similarly, in Tamil Nadu, a life-size statue of late DMK chief M Karunanidhi is set to be unveiled on December 16. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is on plans to erect big statue of TDP’s founder N T Rama Rao in the newly constructed capital city Amaravati.