Towering Ambedkar statue soon in Hyderabad

"An auditorium, a library, office and space for all Dalit-related studies and research will be part of the building, which will also be a Green Building," said Mallepalli Laxmaiah, CDS CHAIRMAN

By Author  |  Published: 8th Jan 2019  12:10 amUpdated: 7th Jan 2019  11:06 pm
Hyderabad
The Ambedkar statue at the Centre for Dalit Studies building in Hyderabad. — Photo: Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: Hyderabad is preparing to house a towering statue of social reformer and architect of the Constitution, Dr BR Ambedkar, along with the country’s first Dalit Museum at Borabanda here.

The State government-supported project will see the statue coming up on an elevation of a nine-storey building, which will house the office of the Centre for Dalit Studies as well. According to CDS chairman Mallepalli Laxmaiah, the building, which will be a one-stop centre for all Dalit studies, will have a 25-ft Ambedkar statue, apart from four 10-ft Buddha statues on four sides.

“An auditorium, a library, office and space for all Dalit-related studies and research will be part of the building, which will also be a Green Building,” he said. The Rs 21-crore project, coming up on land announced for the CDS by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao early last year, was expected to be completed by February-end.

According to K Mahesh Varma of True Build Technologies, who is constructing the building, the statue is made of fibre-reinforced plastic while the building of structural steel. The walls are of expanded polystyrene (EPS) panels, all of which make sure that the indoor temperature is at least six degrees lesser than what’s outside.

While the cost would be around 20 per cent more than that for conventional structures, the time taken would be 40 per cent lesser and the entire structure, apart from being eco-friendly, would last longer, Varma said.

Meanwhile, the statue was installed on the elevation of the building. According to Laxmaiah, the existing tallest Ambedkar statue was 18-ft in Lucknow, and the one at Borabanda would beat this record. The State government too announced its plans last year to have its own Ambedkar statue, towering above the rest at 125 ft, though work on that was yet to begin.