Ambedkar statue: Height to be raised by 100 feet

The Maharashtra Cabinet approved a proposal to raise the height of the proposed statue of B R Ambedkar at the Indu Mills compound by 100 feet and cleared the revised expenditure of Rs.1,089.95 crore for the project.

While the height of the pedestal of the upcoming memorial will remain the same at 100 feet, the height of the statue will be raised to 350 feet from the initially decided 250 feet, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said. “The Cabinet has approved the proposal to increase the height of the bronze statue and pedestal from 350 feet to 450 feet. The cabinet also gave a go-ahead to the revised expenditure of Rs.1089.95 crore for the project from the current Rs.700 crore,” he said.

Pawar, who holds the Finance portfolio, said the project will be completed in the next two years. The proposed structure includes a library, a research centre and an auditorium with the total capacity of 1000. Other decisions taken by the Cabinet included naming the Eastern Freeway after late chief minister and Congress leader Vilasrao Deshmukh, and a proposed rural transformation project after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. 

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