Thursday, January 19, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Govt treads cautiously on shifting Ambedkar statue

Govt treads cautiously on shifting Ambedkar statue
Published: Friday, Jan 20, 2012, 10:51 IST
Place: Bangalore | Agency: DNA

It will take a little longer for Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation
Limited(BMRCL) to start tunnelling work beneath the Ambedkar statue
opposite Vidhana Soudha.

The state cabinet on Thursday preferred to play safe by authorising
chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda to take "appropriate decision" to
end the impasse in consultation with social welfare minister A

The cabinet failed to take a decision on shifting the statue
temporarily to a safe place to allow the BMRCL to start work. The
statues of Jawaharlal Nehru and Subash Chandra Bose near Ambedkar's
statue have already been shifted to facilitate metro tunnelling work.
BMRCL faced resistance from several Dalit organisations in shifting
Ambedkar's statue.

Higher education minister VS Acharya said that while the government
has, in principle, decided to shift the statue temporarily to a safe
place, it was treading cautiously because of resistance from

"We are treading cautiously as any decision to take up the work
without shifting Ambedkar's statue could lead to serious consequences
in the event of the statue developing cracks due to blasting for
tunnel works," Acharya said.

When his attention was drawn to Narayanaswamy's statement that a
technical committee has been set up to explore the possibility of
executing the work without shifting the statue, Acharya said he had no
information if the committee had submitted its report.

Rs16crore for HC guest house
The state cabinet has approved a grant of Rs16crore for constructing a
high court guest house complex. Two sites, one at the Judicial Academy
premises on Crescent Road and the other at Judicial Quarters near
Hebbal, have been identified for the complex. A final decision on the
site would be taken soon.


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