To develop its upcoming capital as a tourist attraction, the Andhra Pradesh government is going to construct a 125-feet tall bronze statue of Dr BR Ambedkar in Amaravati, on the banks of River Krishna in Guntur district.
On the occasion of Dr BR Ambedkar’s birth anniversary on April 14, the foundation for the statue is expected to be laid.
The Hindu reported that a departmental review meeting was held in Vijayawada on Saturday, where Minister for Social and Tribal Welfare Nakka Anand Babu said that an ‘Ambedkar Smrithi Vanam’ would also be constructed besides the statue.
The report adds that 20-acres of land has been allotted for the statue and the proposed memorial would have a meditation centre, a library, an open-air theatre and a study centre.
Other reports add that nearly Rs 100 crore has been allocated by the state for the statue’s construction.
Addressing media persons, Anand Babu also said that the government would bring water and soil from Ambedkar’s native Mhow village in Madhya Pradesh for the ‘Bhoomi Pooja’.
It was last year, when Andhra Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced the plan to build a statue of Ambedkar.
He was earlier quoted in The New Indian Express saying, “We want to develop Amaravati as a tourist attraction for Buddhists from across the globe. BR Ambedkar’s proposed statue and memorial park would further add glory to the capital city. We are planning to organise an Ambedkar Ideology Run, Ambedkar Sports Meet and other programmes for the entire year. We will translate all the works of Ambedkar into Telugu language.”
In April last year, Telangana Chief Minister, K Chandrasekhar Rao, has also decided to install a 125-feet tall statue of Dr BR Ambedkar in Hyderabad city.
However, work on that is yet to begin.