KAKINADA: The West Godavari district administration is preparing for the big day on July 4 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a 30ft bronze statue of revolutionary freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju at ASR Nagar in the city of Bhimavaram.
As part of the Azaadi-Ka-Amrutostvav program, which commemorates great freedom fighters on the occasion of the 75 years of independence celebrations, the 125th birthday celebrations of Alluri Seetharama Raju would also take place on this day .
The Union Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the state government sanctioned Rs 14 crore for the scheme. The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana units of the Kshatriya Seva Samithi and the Alluri Seetharama Raju Seva Samithi (ASRS) make arrangements with government officials.
A donor by the name of Alluri Seetharama Raju from Agarru village in Palakollu mandal gave Rs 3 crore for the sculpture and installation of the bronze statue.
He is an entrepreneur. According to the sculptors, 16 kilos of bronze were used for the statue, which was brought to Bhimavaram city from Vijayawada last night. The final touches to the statue would be completed by Friday.
They said the 30ft bronze statue was made in 30 days. Officials are constructing a special bridge over the Vempadu Canal to clear the road for the prime minister to reach the place directly, and a helipad at Pedaamiram village.
West Godavari collector Prashanti said preparations for the Prime Minister’s visit on July 4 were underway. Bhimavaram is embellished with greenery. Officials have identified 36 families associated with freedom fighter Alluri Seetharama Raju and the Prime Minister is said to commend them.
The Chairman of Alluri Seethaarama Raju (ASR) Seva Samithi, Gadiraju Subba Raju said that the area where the statue of Alluri Seethaarama Raju is installed at ASR Nagar in Bhimavaram will be developed as a tourist site.
He said the Kshatriya Seva Samithi and the ASR Samithi were not waiting for funds from the government and the works are urgently underway now to complete them before the arrival of the Prime Minister.
Union Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs Kishan Reddy reviewed the arrangements for the meeting and State Ministers also visited the region. Officials removed encroachments on both sides of the road.
Narasapuram MP Raghuramakrishnam Raju wants to attend the program on July 4th. He told the Deccan Chronicle that he made arrangements to visit Bhimavaram on the same day. However, he was not sure whether the circumstances in Andhra Pradesh were favorable to him or not.