Mysore/Mysuru: With the works on the construction of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Bhavan in the heart of the city going on at a snail’s pace, Social Welfare Department Commissioner Dr. Rakesh Kumar visited the Bhavan on Monday and inspected the progress of works.
The works on Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan is coming up in a 2-acre area at the ground close to the now Devaraja Police Station (previously Nallappathana Station) in Devaraja Mohalla. There have been demands that the works be expedited and the Bhavan be thrown open for public use at the earliest.
It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Siddharamaiah, during a progress review meeting held in Mysuru on June 10, had directed District Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa and the officials to carry out an inspection and submit an estimate on the money that was further needed for completion of all the works. Subsequently, DC Dr. K.V. Rajendra, MUDA Commissioner G.T. Dinesh Kumar and PWD officials visited the site and carried out an inspection, following which an estimate was prepared.
Now, after a month, Dr. Rakesh Kumar carried out an inspection, during which he received inputs regarding the pending works and what needed to be done for expediting the works, which has come almost to a standstill for some time.
After being informed that Rs. 20 crore was needed for completion of all works, he suggested the authorities to execute the works out of MUDA and MCC grants under a sharing system. The Bhavan will have an exhibition facility, a Museum, a Memorial etc.
DC Dr. Rajendra, MCC Commissioner G. Lakshmikantha Reddy, MUDA Commissioner G.T. Dinesh Kumar and PWD officials accompanied Social Welfare Department Commissioner Dr. Rakesh Kumar.
Speaking to presspersons after the inspection, Dr. Rakesh Kumar said he carried out the inspection of Dr. Ambedkar Bhavan following instructions from District In-Charge Minister.
Pointing out that the Department has received the estimate on the cost for completing the structure, he said that the officials have been directed to expedite the works and to take measures for throwing it open for public use.