After the Sardar Patel Statue of Unity was inaugurated, Karnataka government is following the statue-trend (if we may say) and is planning to build Rs 1200 crore and 125-feet tall Cauvery statue on banks of River Cauvery.
The Krishna Raja Sagara Dam on Cauvery River in Mandya district will soon get a makeover and get ready for being the ground zero for a mega project that Karnataka government is planning for – the 125 feet tall statue of Mother Cauvery. The purpose of the statue will be to tribute the river that originates in the southern region of the state and has been flourishing generations through its resources; and also develop a tourist spot. This mega project will be spread in about 400 acres of land and is expected to be ready after two years at a cost of Rs 1200 crore.
According to the proposal for development of the Cauvery Statue, it will be a tower-like structure and water will pour from Goddess Cauvery and there will be a place for people to watch from a tower. The plan might also include developing a mini amusement park with a 200-feet high pedestal that will house a museum, a glass house, an indoor stadium and other amenities so it won’t just be a statue, but also an attractive tourist destination. And, private investors will be invited to chip in and generate enough funds.
Hence, the Cauvery Statue project will be an investment for the government that will bring in revenues and also generate much-needed employment opportunities in the remote location of southern Karnataka – a lifeline indeed. There are still controversies about whether the government should spend on construction of a statue or rather use the funds for health and education instead. However, it will not compete the Gujarat’s Sardar Patel Statue of Unity built at a cost of Rs 300 crore and towering up to 600-feet will remain the tallest statue in the world.