Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada Unveils World’s Tallest Statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Standing Tall at 206 Feet

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Andhra Pradesh marks history with the unveiling of the world’s tallest statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the visionary architect of the Indian Constitution, standing at an impressive 206 feet.

Vijayawada, January 19, 2024 – In a historic event scheduled for today, the Andhra Pradesh government is set to unveil the world’s tallest statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the eminent architect of the Indian Constitution. Standing proudly at an impressive height of 206 feet, the monumental statue is positioned at the Swaraj Maidan grounds in Vijayawada and has been aptly named the “Statue of Social Justice.”

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The grand inauguration ceremony is slated for 6 pm, and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his excitement, urging everyone to join in celebrating this remarkable achievement. In a statement, he emphasized the enduring influence of Ambedkar’s ideology on the nation’s social, economic, and political history, particularly in the empowerment of women.

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“The statue has been installed with great responsibility as the government has been implementing the Navaratnalu welfare schemes with unfettered confidence in his (Ambedkar) ideology,” Chief Minister Reddy added.

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Noteworthy details about the colossal monument include its towering height of 206 feet, situated on an 81-foot pedestal at the Ambedkar Smriti Vanam in Amaravati. The ambitious project, which spanned 18.81 acres, incurred a cost of ₹404.35 crore. The construction was successfully executed by the contractor agency M/s KPC Projects Ltd, Hyderabad, while the project’s design was meticulously laid out by M/s Design Associates, Noida, according to reports from Deccan Herald.

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Among the impressive features accompanying the statue are six water bodies in the forecourt, a central musical water fountain, and a three-sided peripheral water body surrounding the pedestal building, enhancing the overall ambiance with lush greenery.

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Comparatively, last year saw the formal inauguration of the United States’ tallest statue of B.R. Ambedkar, standing at 19 feet in a Maryland suburb of Washington. However, the Andhra Pradesh statue dwarfs this, notably surpassing the height of the Statue of Unity dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which stands at 597 feet.

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As the unveiling of this monumental tribute takes place, it serves as a powerful reminder of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s enduring legacy. Born on April 14, 1891, and fondly known as Babasaheb among his followers, he chaired the Constituent Assembly’s pivotal Drafting Committee, earning him the title of the Architect of the Indian Constitution. His influence continues to shape the collective consciousness of the nation, even decades after his passing on December 6, 1956, following his conversion to Buddhism on October 14 of the same year.

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