After planning a grand memorial for Dr B R Ambedkar at Indu Mills in Central Mumbai, the Maharashtra government now plans to spruce up Nagpur’s Deekshabhoomi, where Ambedkar took up Buddhism with lakhs of followers, to put it on the global tourist map.
Deekshabhoomi is regarded as a Buddhist place of pilgrimage. “To make Deekshabhoomi a global tourist hub, we will prepare a master plan to develop the best infrastructure services. The state government is willing to financially support the improvements to make Deekshabhoomi a popular tourist destination globally,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said.
Fadnavis inaugurated an auditorium, a research centre and a library on the premises of Deekshabhoomi on Saturday.
The chief minister has put the responsibility of developing a master plan for Deekshabhoomi on the Nagpur Improvement Trust after consultations with the care-taking committee for the memorial. Fadnavis said the government had requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to officially open Ambedkar’s London home, which it has purchased, to the public. On October 11, Modi had laid the foundation stone for an Ambedkar memorial at Indu Mills, next to Chaityabhoomi where Ambedkar’s ashes are interred.