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Does city have no place for iconic Gandhi statue?

Witness to a number of important agitations during the last 5 decades, together with the 1974 Navnirman Movement, the long-lasting statue of Mahatma Gandhi– these days at Income-Tax Crossroads – will be with out an address quickly. Fearing that the well known sculpture would be overshadowed via the massive flyover bobbing up on the crossroads, concerned Gandhian institutions had were given the civic frame to agree to relocate it to Dandi Chowk, a stone’s throw away from the Sabarmati Ashram.

And while the design to position the statue of the Father of the Nation on the site visitors circle is all in a position, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has proposed a bridge over the spot within the current budget, disrupting the relocation plan. Interestingly, the statue made via famous sculptor Kantibhai Patel was once installed in 1969 to mark Gandhiji’s start centenary. And, within the 12 months that marks Gandhi’s 150th start anniversary, the statue would possibly lose its spot again.

A Rs 60-crore flyover spanning Gujarat Vidyapith to Popular House construction is being constructed over the Income- Tax junction this 12 months, overshadowing the statue. Gandhian institutions together with the Sabarmati Ashram Preservation & Memorial Trust (SAPMT), Sabarmati Harijan Ashram believe, Sabarmati Ashram Gaushala Trust, Gujarat Harijan Sevak Sangh, Gujarat Khadi Gramodyog Mandal, Gujarat Vidyapith and Navjivan Trust wrote to Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, searching for to shift the statue to Dandi Chowk or Vadaj Crossroads, a more appropriate place because it is without doubt one of the routes that Mahatma had taken all through the Dandi March in 1930.

Following AMC’s nod, architect Neelkanth Chhaya designed the new base for the statue. The new design puts the statue on the best of a rising mound, arranged in a posture of decided movement that highlights Gandhi’s iconic Dandi March of 1931. Famous quotes via Gandhiji have been be carved into the pedestal. The new setup wouldn't have modified the formation of site visitors circles at Vadaj. In truth, folks would had been able to get admission to the circle easily.

When contacted, Sabarmati Ashram trustee Kartikeya Sarabhai stated, “The Gandhi statue was once to be relocated from Income- Tax Circle to Vadaj Circle. The design for it's in a position, too. We will relocate the statue quickly.” However, when informed about AMC’s budget proposal for a bridge over Dandi Chowk, he stated, “I'm utterly ignorant of the issue. We will talk about this matter with the concerned officials at AMC and shift the statue best after that.”

City Engineer Hitesh Contractor stated, “There is a suggestion to construct a bridge at Vadaj Circle in this 12 months’s budget. We must prepare a feasibility record first. We can best figure out the path by which to construct the bridge after that. I am not acutely aware of the issue with the Gandhi statue. If the concerned parties method us regarding the factor, we will take it into account.”

I'm utterly ignorant of the issue. We will talk about this matter with the concerned officials at AMC and shift the statue best after that

Kartikeya Sarabhai, Sabarmati Ashram trustee

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