GUNTUR: The proposed Ambedkar Smritivan with 125 feet tall statue to develop heritage city old Amaravati into an important tourism/research centre.
The Dalit organisations are welcoming the decision of the state government about establishing an Ambedkar memorial park, international research centre, library, Buddhist centre, study circle and 125-feet-tall statue on the banks of Krishna river at old Amaravati. Already a Dhyana Buddha statue of 125 feet height is attracting the tourists and the proposed Ambedkar statue would be the second tallest statue in old Amaravati.
The state government has decided to construct the Ambedkar memorial in 15 acres of land on the occasion of 125 birth anniversary of Ambedkar and completion of 66 years of Indian Constitution at old Amaravati. There is vacant land in front of Dhyana Buddha statue primarily selected for Ambedkar memorial on the banks of Krishna river.
Earlier, the government tried to collect the land for Dhyana Buddha project, but the landowners went to the court. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu directed social welfare deputy director Mallikarjuna Rao to pacify the landowners and they primarily agreed to give the lands where the government now proposed Ambedkar memorial.
Mala Mahanadu state president A. Kishore, state secretary K. Chandrasekhar and other leaders welcomed the decision of the state government for constructing the Ambedkar memorial. They said that the 125 feet tall Ambedkar statue will become a big attraction after Dhyana Buddha statue and predicted that the gigantic Ambedkar statue will be attractive like the Statue of Liberty and would become a star attraction in old Amaravati....