China is moving a 190-foot statue as it spoiled the view of the area. It cost over US$26 million to build and there are allegations of corruption during construction. Officials estimate that it will cost US$20 million to shift the statue from one place to another. An Insider report said the statue of the Chinese warrior-god Guan Yu sparked the anger of local anti-corruption officials.
300 million yuan wasted
The authorities on September 7 made a strongly worded statement demanding a thorough investigation before clearing the “big project”. The statue, located in the central Chinese province of Hubei, was reported to be worth more than 300 million yuan (Rs 3,41,88,39,000), officials said. First it was made illegally and then removed. After all, what is the problem with the making of the idol?
Why is the idol being removed?
In fact, the idol is reportedly located in an area where the construction of idols taller than 78 feet is prohibited. But the local builders somehow managed to get approval for its construction. Guan Yu was a famous war general of China who served for the Eastern Han Dynasty. In China, he is revered as a symbol of bravery and loyalty.
Eight kilometer distance will be established
The South China Morning Post said workers in Jingzhou, Hubei province, have already removed the head of the statue. Jingzhou Tourism Investment and Development Group has started work on setting it up at a new site eight kilometers away. Photos of the idol and news of its transfer are being shared by locals on Twitter.