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FEATURE: Battle on to build world’s biggest statue in India

AFP, SARDAR SAROVAR DAM, India

Preliminary work has started on the controversial project — with a museum, park and helipad — on reclaimed land 2km out to sea.

Environmentalists and thousands of fishing workers oppose the statue, because of the threat to fishing stocks.

The price of the monument is certain to rise, according to analysts, and the state government has already changed the design to bring down costs.

How it will eventually look and when it will be finished remains in doubt.

India’s statue politics often fall victim to “hard economic reality,” said Badra Narayan, professor at the Pant Social Science Institute in Allahabad.

An overrun is inevitable, said I.C. Rao, head of a Mumbai citizens’ group that has questioned the cost and safety of the Shivaji design.

Finishing the statue on time, would be “an impossibility even for the Trojans,” he said.

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