After the BJP, HD Kumaraswamy led coalition government is planning to erect a 125-feet Mother Cauvery statue at the Krishna Raja Sagar reservoir in Mandya district. The government has also proposed to build a museum complex two glass towers measuring 360 feet providing a bird's eye view of the KRS reservoir a bandstand an indoor stadium and a replica of historical monuments to boost tourism in the region.
The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,200 crore and the government has sought help from the private investors. Cauvery basin region has been a Janata Dal (Secular) stronghold and with this proposal, the JD(S) looks to further strengthen its hold in the territory. Though the government has been unable to keep its promise of waving off farmer loans but has plans to build the statue honouring the river. The river which originates in the foothills of Western Ghats at Kodagu Karnataka flows through the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and is the third largest river which flows through South India after Godavari and Krishna.
PM Narendra Modi recently inaugurated the Statue of Unity in Gujarat which is the world's tallest statue with a height of 597-feet, located on a river island facing the Sardar Sarovar Dam on the river Narmada it has been built at the cost of Rs 2,989 crore. Since opening for the public on November 1 the Statue of Unity has attracted more than 1.28 lakh tourists.