Ambedkar statue to be unveiled in Bhayander after 11 year

MUMBAI: The statue of Bharatratna Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar will be officially unveiled on Saturday in Bhayander after a delay of over 11 years. Interestingly, the statue was installed and unveiled by local dalit leaders last month.

Then mayor of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) Nirmala Sable had proposed Ambedkar’s statue in the general body meeting on April 13, 2005. It was decided to install the statue on a traffic island near the MTNL office in Bhayander (west). Sculptor Vijay Shirgaonkar was given the mandate.

 Even as the civic administration was waiting for the state nod, a proposal was later moved to shift the site to the Navghar school ground in Bhayander (east). The Supreme court 2013 order banning fresh encroachment of public places by installation of statues added to the delay.

The state General Administration Department on April 28 gave its nod to install the statue. On June 27, the civic administration placed the statue at the traffic island in Bhayander. Local dalit leaders unveiled the statue by garlanding it.

The statue has now been covered and will be unveiled on Saturday by newly elected central Minister of Social Justice Ramdas Athavale.

Source: Times Of India

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