A team of cabinet sub-committee on setting up a 125 ft tall Ambedkar statue is heading for a three-day tour to Sikkim to finalize the modalities. Committee Chairman Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari will lead the team comprising ministers G Jagadish Reddy and Nayani Narsimha Reddy, GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, TSPSC Chairman G Chakrapani along with some technical experts and officials from September 11 to 13.
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The study tour of the committee assumes significance followed by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s decision to set up the statue and take up year-long Ambedkar Jayanthi programs across the State. The team will pay a visit to “Ravangla” a place where 130ft tall Buddha statue was established and also a park, meditation center and museum. Srihari team is likely to interact with the officials concerned in Sikkim and take steps accordingly to set up Ambedkar statue in Telangana.
Buddhist Tourism Centre
Officials of the Scheduled Castes Development Department said installation of the 130-foot Buddha statue was planned during the 2550th birth anniversary celebrations of the Buddha by the Sikkim Government in 2006 and the project was completed in 2013.
The Ravangla Buddha Park had become one of the well-known Buddhist tourism centres in the country after it was inaugurated by Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama in March 2013.
It had become one of the icons of Sikkim since lakhs of tourists, including followers of Buddhism, were visiting it every year, the officials stated.