While work is on in full swing to prep the City, statues that were vandalised last year are left ignored
Just a month back Hyderabad looked different. Today, it has got a makeover with painted flyovers and dividers, new roads and a variety of other features.While the officials have been on their toes to make sure everything is spic and span, one thing they have missed out is the Tank Bund road. This was until a student from one of the City’s leading hospitality management institutions questioned the CM on why the
statues that were demolished during the ‘One Million March’ had not yet been replaced, especially as the biodiversity meet was just around the corner.
“Our leader NT Rama Rao had installed these statues with so much passion. Look at what has happened to them now. It’s such an insult to him and our national leaders,” said T Prakesh Goud, Rajendranagar, MLA.
Tank bund is located in the heart of the City and acts as a bridge between the twin cities. It’s also one of the most visited places making it obvious that international delegates are sure to pay a visit to it. The Tank bund road has 33 statues of Telugu scholars, poets, leaders and freedom fighters.
Of these 33 statues, as many as 16 statues were allegedly vandalised by T-supporters during the ‘Million March’ called by pro-Telangana groups about a year-and-a-half back. Ever since, these statues have not been replaced.
“The corporators and floor leaders have raised this issue with the CM several times. In fact, we have also given a written representation and he responded to it. However, nothing is being done about it. At lease before the CBD meet they should have done it. It shows Hyderabad and it’s culture in the wrong light,” said J Hemalatha, corporator, Himayathnagar.
Students who allegedly had a major role to play in vandalising the statues are again planning a similar rally just two days before the main CBD event, from September 27 to 28.
Talking to Postnoon, Krishank Manne, OU JAC spokes person said, “We will do it again. Statues are lifeless so it makes no difference but we have lives and we are giving our lives for a separate state. Last time what happened was mob mentality. We were angry and we may break statues this time too. For the CBD, the government is painting a fake picture. We will make sure that the true picture will be shown.”
In May 2011, the government had sanctioned `75.70 lakh towards re-installation of the statues but we wonder what has happened to that money and the plan.
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