Dr Ambedkar memorial at Mumbai by 2020: CM Fadnavis

Nagpur: The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday announced in the state legislative council that the ambitious Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar memorial on Indu Mills premises in Mumbai would be completed by 2020.

Responding to a calling attention motion, raised by the NCP member Prakash Gajbhiye and others, the chief minister claimed that all permissions for the memorial have been obtained from concerned departments, barring a five acre patch of coastal regulation zone (CRZ). Also, directions have been issued to respective officials to complete the work in a time-bound manner,” he informed and claimed that the memorial was likely to be completed by 2020.

He dismissed the opposition charges of any delay for the construction of the memorial. He asserted that all formalities have been completed, including floating of tender and making provision of funds and the memorial is likely to be completed by 2020.

Lashing out at the Opposition, Fadnavis alleged that the previous Congress-NCP government did nothing in this regard while his government completed all formalities to set up a grand memorial of Dr Ambedkar and a “letter of intent” was handed over to Shapoorji Pallonji Company to begin the work there.

He said that permission of CRZ for a particularly portion of the land is expected within a year. However, it would not affect the on-going work as no construction would be undertaken in that area, he pointed out.

He said that the project cost of the memorial was fixed Rs 709 crore after negotiations with the company which had earlier quoted Rs 786.04 crore for the completion of the project.