Tuesday, July 20, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Kanshi Ram memorial to get silicon coat



Kanshi Ram memorial to get silicon coat

2010-07-19 18:20:00

The barely one-year-old Rs.750 crore Kanshi Ram Memorial here is to be
given a special silicon coat to provide a shield against seepage and
discolouring of the pink Dholpur stone, an engineer said.

Moss and algae has grown on parts of the memorial's surface.

While top officials of the state construction corporation engaged for
the project declined to make any comment, an engineer supervising the
work at the site said 'seepage of rainwater had given rise to algae
and fungus on certain parts of the dome'.

'A coat of a transparent silicon gel would provide a kind of a seal
over the porous stone to prevent seepage and keep it free from moss
and algae,' he said, adding that the coat will cost around Rs.110 per
square foot.

'With a diameter of 39.54 metres, the dome is the largest in the
country,' he said.

Originally cast in steel, the 54-metre-tall dome was covered with pink
dholpur stone to make it match with the structures around the memorial
that was built barely a year ago.

The memorial has imposing 18-foot-tall bronze statues of both Bahujan
Samaj Party founder Kanshi Ram and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister

Build on a part of the erstwhile district jail, the memorial was one
of Mayawati's dream projects, which includes a Rs.1,200-crore Ambedkar
memorial-cum-park among others.

A Kanshi Ram Eco-Park spread over 130 acres is coming up on an
adjoining piece of land, acquired for the purpose after demolishing an
old jail, will eventually become a part of the memorial complex.

The jail was shifted out of the city limits to a new Rs.300-crore
building last year to make room for the park.

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