Hyderabad, February 16: A committee of the Telangana government headed by Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari is visiting China to study giant statues and discuss with sculptors construction of a 125-foot-high statue of B. R. Ambedkar.
The delegation began its visit today and will stay there till February 21. It will go around statue-making centres.
The delegation includes scheduled castes development minister G. Jagadish Reddy, MPs Balka Suman,P. Dayakar, MLAs Aruri Ramesh, Rasamai Balakishan, R&B Engineer-in-Chief Ganapati Reddy, SC Corporation Managing Director Anand and JNTU architect Srinivas Reddy.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had laid the foundation stone for the statue at NTR ghat here and even announced construction nearby of a Smriti Vanam over 36 acres on the occasion of Ambedkar’s birth anniversary last year.
KCR had appointed a committee headed by Srihari to oversee the plans. The panel already surveyed the proposed site of the installation of the statue.
Srihari along with officials last year visited Sikkim to study the giant statues.
Chinese firms are considered experts in the manufacturing of tall statues and they are currently engaged in the making of giant statues of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and Saint Ramanujacharya that have been ordered by the Gujarat government and Ramanujacharya Trust of Hyderabad, respectively.
China has been making bronze statues for years. In fact, the country has over 1,000 bronze statues of Buddha spread across its provinces, including one that’s 600 feet tall.
Ramanujacharya Trust, headed by Construction giant My Home’s J. Rameswara Rao, has already asked a Chinese firm to make a 216-foot tall statue of Ramanuja, which will be installed on the eve of the saint’s millennial birth anniversary celebrations.