Maya's Rs 685 cr park opens on Oct 14
Rajat Arora and Kapil Datta, Hindustan Times
Noida, October 12, 2011
As the city prepares for the inauguration of the Rs 685 crore magnum
opus — Bhim Rao Ambedkar Park — the city administration is leaving no
stone unturned to impress Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati, who
will inaugurate her "dream project" on October 14.
The 33 hectare project
in Noida's sector has 15 statues of Dalit icons Dr BR Ambedkar,
Jyotirao Phule and Kanshi Ram. Bronze statues of Mayawati have also
been erected in Noida. Twenty statues of elephants and fountains with
bronze elephants have also been installed in the park.
The UP chief minister, known for her fondness for statues, also has a
special police force to protect parks and memorials for Dalit icons.
Latest LED tubes, that cost around Rs 4crore, have been installed in
the park, to make the structures look more attractive at night.
"The lighting solutions have been provided by foreign firm Philips
Gardco. More than 3,000 LED tubes have been installed in the park.
Each tube costs Rs 12,000," said a senior project manager.
In December 2010, vacating its year-long stay, the Supreme Court (SC)
had approved resuming construction in the Park, rejecting the Centre's
objection that part of its site was on forest land.
The court said construction could start only after the government
planted sufficient number of trees on 50% of the Park area to create a
buffer zone between the site and adjacent Okhla bird sanctuary.
In addition, the apex court also observed that the area under concrete
structures should be brought down from 35% of the project site to 25%
because of the Park's proximity to an eco-sensitive zone in the
Meanwhile, everything in the Ambedkar Park exists for a reason. "The
boundary stone was specially ordered from Mirzapur, a Naxal-affected
district, by Behenji to provide employment to tribals," said a senior
civil engineer, requesting anonymity.
The main structure, christened Dalit Prerna Sthal, houses statues of
Dr BR Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and Mayawati.
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