Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Chaityabhoomi in Shivaji Park (Dadar) to pay reverence to Dr B R Ambedkar during his visit to Mumbai on October 11. It was at Chaityabhoomi that Ambedkar was cremated after his death on December 6, 1956.
According to sources, “Modi will be the second Prime Minister to visit the site after 40 years. Earlier, Indira Gandhi had paid a visit here during her campaign in Mumbai between 1975 and 1980.” Chaityabhoomi turns into a pilgrimage site as several lakh dalits across Maharashtra and various parts of India arrive here to pay tributes to Ambedkar on his death anniversary.
Political managers in the BJP said, “The Prime Minister expressed his desire to visit Chaityabhoomi during his official tour to Mumbai to perform a bhoomi pujan for Ambedkar Memorial at Indu Mills, two metro lines at Bandra Kurla Complex and expansion of JNPT port.” BJP sources further revealed, “Modi’s visit to Chaityabhoomi will send a positive signal and connect with lakhs of Dalits who consider Ambedkar as God.” The Indu Mills compound where the Ambedkar Memorial will be built, is spread on 12.5 acres and is very close to Chaitybhoomi.
The state government has taken the decision to connect Ambedkar Memorial with Chaityabhoomi using a narrow path. According to minister of state for social justice Rajesh Badole, “Once the bhoomi pujan is done by Modi, the work will being from December 2015.”
State government sources said, “Some issues related to transfer of funds by the state government to National Textile Mills would be resolved after Modi’s visit to the city.”
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “I have always ensured that Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial cannot be perceived with a commercial angle. As a result, we are not promoting commercial activities on the mill land. The entire 12.5 acres would be landscaped for the memorial.”
According to Badole, “A 150-feet-tall statue of Ambedkar would be built at the memorial. The state-of-the-art stupa would 140 feet tall and will be able to accommodate 13,000 people. There would be a huge library to accommodate 1,000 students at a time. The museum with works on the life of Ambedkar would be called Struggle of Ambedkar.”
CM invites Shiv Sena, RPI for Modi functions
CM Devendra Fadnavis has extended invitation to the Shiv Sena and Republican Party of India for all functions attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Mumbai on October 11. Modi’s itinery includes bhoomi pujan of Dr B R Ambedkar Memorial at Indu Mills and inauguration of new metro lines at BKC. The third official function will be at JNPT.