Decks cleared for Ambedkar memorial in Mumbai


Written by Shubhangi Khapre
| New Delhi |

Updated: April 5, 2015 9:20:29 pm


Narendra Modi, fadnavis, ambedkar PM Narendra Modi and Devendra Fadnavis

The decks for the construction of Dr B R Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mills compound in Mumbai were cleared on Sunday following a tripartite agreement signed between union textile minister, government of Maharashtra and National Textile Corporation in Delhi.

The agreement for the transfer of 12 acres of land adjacent to the Chaityabhoomi in the Indu Mills Compound in Mumbai was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The bhoomi pujan (inauguration) of the Ambedkar memorial will be done by Modi and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis after their return from Germany. The chief minister was keen on inaugurating the project on Aprtil 14, which marks the birth anniversary of Ambedkar.

After clearing the land transfer, Modi said, “I will personally come and do the bhoomi pujan after returning from Germany.”

“The agreement, signed at the initiative of the Prime Minister, paves the way for resolving the long-pending issue of transfer of land from the National Textiles Corporation to the government of Maharashtra to enable construction of a befitting memorial for Bharat Ratna Babasaheb Dr B R Ambedkar,” a PMO statement said.

Fadnavis and Union Minister of State for Textiles Santosh Gangwar, who also witnessed the agreement signing, thanked the Prime Minister for his initiative in removing the hurdles in transfer of land for construction of the memorial for Babasaheb Ambedkar, the PMO statement said.

Fadnavis said a beautiful memorial would now be constructed for Babasaheb. He has been pursuing the Ambedkar memorial ever since he took charge of the government in October 2014. Fadnavis said, “The government is committed to built a magnificent memorial of Babsaheb Ambedkar complete with international research centre.” He said, “We are not interesting in just installing a statue. What is more significant is his writings and thoughts which should reach the masses across India and abroad.”

To avoid any further problems, state government has also ensured that land transfer should ensure ownership to Maharashtra government. And that the 12 acres land allocated for Ambedkar memorial will be exclusively retained for the stated project and not handled for any other commercial activities.

 

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