Chauhan objects to army houses near Ambedkar memorial
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Bhopal, Nov 6 (IANS) Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chauhan has asked union Defence Minister A.K. Anthony to stop
construction of army houses on a land near a memorial to Dalit icon
B.R. Ambedkar at Mhow in Indore district, an official statement said
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader wrote in a letter to Anthony that
the birth place of Ambedkar at Mhow witnessed a huge public gathering
to celebrate his birthday April 14 every year.
There was no suitable space within a radius of over three km of the
memorial for making boarding and lodging arrangements for visitors
during celebrations, he said.
The chief minister said that the land, which belonged to the defence
ministry, was traditionally used for boarding and lodging people
coming to the memorial to attend the functions.
Chauhan informed Antony that the construction of army houses would
create logistical problem on occasions of public functions at the
The chief minister said that construction work should be stopped and
the houses should be built on an alternative site.
He said that the state government would make suitable alternative land
available to the ministry for building the houses.
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