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Pen monument in Chennai to honor Karunanidhi’s contribution to Tamil literature

Chennai, July 22 (IANS): The government of Tamil Nadu has proposed a huge pen monument 42 meters high to honor the former Chief Minister, the late Muthuvel Karunanidhi, for his contribution to Tamil literature. The estimated cost of the monument, which stands in the Bay of Bengal off Marina beach, will be over Rs 80 crore.

The proposed site of “Muthamizh Arignar Dr Kalaignar Pen Monument” has received the green signal from state authorities and is awaiting clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change.

The monument would be located 360 meters from the shore and visitors to the current Karunanidhi Memorial under construction will have to cross a bridge to access it.

The bridge, according to officials from the Public Works Department of the Tamil Nadu government, is said to be about 650 meters in length, 290 meters above the land and 360 meters above the sea.

The late Karunanidhi was more than a politician, a man of letters and the author of several books. He was known for his contribution to various aspects of Tamil literature.

The state government is already in the process of constructing a memorial for the late Chief Minister at the Perarignar Anna Memorial and Museum campus at a total cost of Rs 39 crore and the Pen monument is adding to this project.

The monuments of former Chief Ministers, the late MG Ramachandran and J. Jayalalithaa are also located on Marina Beach.

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