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Voice against non-completion of monument work

THE AMBEDKAR Memorial Society has again raised its voice against non-completion of the construction of the monument being constructed at the birthplace of Dr Ambedkar.

india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 14:50 IST

THE AMBEDKAR Memorial Society has again raised its voice against non-completion of the construction of the monument being constructed at the birthplace of Dr Ambedkar.

Society vice president Ashok Yadav said that the then chief minister Sunderlal Patwa laid the foundation for the monument in 1992 and the estimated cost calculated at that time was Rs 1.4 crore. Due to unnecessary delay in the work, the cost now has shot up to Rs 8.55 crore, he pointed out. Till now, Rs 1.55 crore has been spent and at the first stage, the structure
has been completed and the remaining work will cost around Rs 7 crore.

An amount of Rs 10 lakhs was sanctioned by the Patwa government in 1994, Yadav said. Thus the actual construction work started in 1996 and the work continued till 2000 and Rs 1.55 crore was spent by this time.

The other members of the society will meet shortly to discuss the issue and present them before Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan when he visits Mhow. The other members, Buddhist monk Bhante Dharmsheel, advocate Trilok Singh Bhatia, Arjun Singh Gharu and Congress leader Yogesh Yadav have also expressed similar views.

Meanwhile, Mhow the birthplace of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar will become the centre of attraction for a large number of Ambedkarites on the eve of his birth anniversary on April 14.

Every year, thousands of followers come to Mhow on April 13 and leave on the night of April 14. Like last year, this year also there is a dispute between the various factions of the ruling BJP and the Congress on forming the committees for Ambedkar’s birth anniversary celebrations. Congress group, which was earlier compelling on forming a committee by the collector, has announced its committee with Youth Congress leader Razik Farshiwala as its president.

BJP had declared Jeetmal Verma as its president and the administration has also endorsed the decision of the BJP committee and the Mhow SDM issued the letter in this regard.

Both the groups have started carrying out the preparation works. Jeetmal Verma along with Mhow BJP president Kishan Lal Agrawal, Dr Ramlal Prajapati, and Mohan Singh Raghuvanshi reached the Ambedkar janmabhoomi today morning to take stock of the ongoing preparations there.

Like every year, many national leaders are expected to visit the birthplace to pay tributes to Dr Ambedkar. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will arrive at the birthplace to pay tributes to Dr Ambedkar.

Lok Jan Shakti party leader Ram Vilas Paswan, leader of opposition Jamuna Devi, State Congress president Subhash Yadav, former chief minister Digvijay Singh, Phool Chand Verma and Phool Singh Baraiya have given their consent to the respective party workers.

First Published: Apr 10, 2006 14:50 IST