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Telangana CM KCR to unveil 125-ft tall Ambedkar statue in Hyderabad today


By Apoorva Jayachandran : Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will be unveiling the 125-ft tall bronze statue of BR Ambedkar in Hyderabad on Friday, to mark the 132nd birth anniversary of the architect of the Indian Constitution. The statue in Hyderabad is India’s tallest statue of Ambedkar.

The unveiling ceremony will be held on a grand scale with arrangements in place to ensure that over 35,000 people from all 119 constituencies attend it. As many as 750 state-run Road Transport Corporation buses will be operated for the public.

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The statue stands next to the State Secretariat on the banks of Hyderabad’s famous Hussain Sagar lake.

KCR held a meeting recently with his ministers and other officials to discuss the inauguration of the statue. There, it was decided that flower petals would be showered from a helicopter on the statue, said a PTI report.

Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash Ambedkar would be invited as the sole chief guest at the event.

Food will also be arranged for the people who come to the assembly complex within 50 km before reaching Hyderabad. One lakh sweet packets, 1.50 lakh butter milk packets and an equal number of water packets will be made available for the public.

KCR had earlier praised the sculptor, 98-year-old Ram Vanji Sutar, for making a big effort on the statue. The government will be inviting Sutar, a Padma Bhushan awardee, and honour him.

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