The statues of King Shivaji and Henja Naik, a local warrior who fought against the British rulers, were brought to Karwar on Sunday afternoon from Miraj in a truck. Both the statues are made of bonze and have been manufactured in Miraj in Maharashtra.
The statues are being installed by the district administration of Uttara Kannada, the Tourism Department and the Karwar city Municipal Council. The responsibility of installing the statues has been taken up by the Nirmiti Kendra. The cost of making each statue is Rs. 20 lakh, it is said. The sources from Nirmiti Kendra said the statues of Shivaji and Henja Naik were 10 feet and six feet tall respectively. The statue of Shivaji weighed 1.4 tonnes, whereas the statue of Henja Naik weighed four quintals.
Both the statues would be inaugurated by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on December 26 at the Karwar Municipal Garden.
Earlier, the Karwar beach was selected as the venue for the installation of the statues. But following objections by environmentalists it was decided to install the statues at the Municipal Garden.