Hyderabad: IT Minister KT Rama Rao said on Wednesday that the state government would install the 125ft tall bronze statue of BR Ambedkar near NTR Gardens by December this year. He said it would be the tallest statue of Ambedkar in the world.
Rama Rao, who on Tuesday inspected the progress of work with Social Affairs Minister Koppula Eshwar, Dalit party MPs and senior officials, said the project had been delayed due to Covid for the past two years, but work has been accelerated now to install the statue by December.
Speaking to the media later, the incumbent chairman of TRS said the government had sanctioned Rs 150 crore for the installation of the statue on 11 acres at NTR Gardens along with the construction of a meditation centre, a photo gallery and a meeting room and among other amenities.
“Once completed, this project will become a major tourist attraction in the city and a large number of Indian and foreign tourists will visit the statue. The state government, by undertaking this project, emphasizes the need to implement the principles of Ambedkar in the country,” said Rama Rao,
He appreciated Minister Koppula Eshwar for speeding up the work by holding regular review meetings over the past eight months.
Rama Rao said Telangana State has become a reality through Article 3 of the Constitution drafted by Ambedkar and added that Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao is following in the footsteps of Ambedkar and sincerely working for the good -being of the people according to their aspirations.
“The CM has initiated several welfare and development programs for the upliftment of Dalits. Dalit Bandhu is one such program that no other state in the country or for that matter any other country in the world is implementing to extend the direct cash transfer benefit of Rs 10 lakh to Dalits for their social and economic upliftment. CM has introduced this scheme to fulfill Ambedkar’s dream of upliftment and empowerment of Dalits,” said Rama Rao.