The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD),which went on a naming spree of roads and parks and then installed several statues ahead of the elections,seems to have forgotten to install the statute of Shyama Prasad Mookerjee,an eminent personality after whom the civic agency has named its new headquarter building.
Built on an area of 11.5 acres at a cost of about Rs 500 crore,the tallest building in the city is still awaiting the statue of Mukherjee,who had been Finance Minister of the Bengal province during 1941-42,and was the founder of the Bhartiya Jan Sangh party. Though a a year and a half has passed since the inauguration of the Dr SPM Civic Centre,the BJP-led MCD is yet to allocate funds for the statue.
A huge stone has been placed in front of Block-A park as the base for the statue. But thats all. Much like the canopy at India Gate,the base stands vacant.
Councillors who are busy getting financial clearance for their projects are yet to notice the empty space. I have unveiled four to five statues of various personalities across the city but I did not realise that one installation,which is the very identity of the civic centre,is yet to be finished, said a senior councillor.
If we unveil a statue of a prominent personality in our wards we get votes and credit. Here,officials should have taken the initiative to install the statue of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, said another member of the MCD.
Talking to Newsline,Jagdish Mamgain,chairman of MCD Works Committee,said though a few councillors had raised the issue,nobody has moved a resolution calling for the installation of the statue. The statue will not cost more than a lakh. It is the will to install that is lacking among the officials and the councillors, he said.