Monday, January 23, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Dalits groups protest against Ambedkar statue shifting

Dalits groups protest against Ambedkar statue shifting
TNN | Jan 24, 2012, 03.54AM IST

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Dalit Sangharsha Samithi (DSS) threatened to
launch a statewide protest condemning the government for shifting the
Ambedkar statue for Metro construction work.

The DSS and other backward class groups marched from the Mahatma
Gandhi statue on MG road to Raj Bhavan on Monday and submitted a
memorandum to the governor.

Last week, the state cabinet gave the green signal for temporary
shifting of the statue inside the Vidhana Soudha premises as has been
done to two other statues by the Public Works Department. The BMRC
promised to install the three statues at the same positions after
construction work is completed and road is laid atop the underground

The BMRC has prrojected a cost escalation of Rs 100 crore if the
project is delayed. Rock blasting has not been conducted in a radius
of 25 metres around the statue to prevent any damage to the
foundation. The twin tunnels being bored from Majestic have already
reached Central College and the distance between Central College and
Vidhana Soudha is less than 1km.

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