Bengaluru: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Memorial in the Arabian Sea will be a landmark. But it can be inaccessible to people during monsoons. Therefore, the Maharashtra Public Works Department is studying the feasibility of having a undersea metro rail. 

Its minister Ashok Chavan, reports add, has asked the ministry officials to prepare an detailed project report in this regard. 
“So, the consultant suggested various options such as ropeway, sea link, underground metro rail route to reach the site for all 12 months. The option of underground metro rail route seems feasible and safe. Therefore, the detailed information based on the consultant’s information should be submitted,” the minutes of the meeting with the PWD minister, said. 

The additional costs for the project would be around Rs 1500 crore. Moreover, it needs clearance from the ministry of environments as well. Reports add that as many as 10000 visitors are expected after the completion of the first phase and 15000 more after the completion of the second phase. 

More details on the statue: 

The proposed memorial – 212 m in height, including a 123.2-m equestrian statue standing atop an 88.8-m pedestal – was the flagship project of the previous Devendra Fadnavis government. Currently, work on the project has been stalled following a Supreme Court stay order given in January 2019.