Work stopped after protests against construction of underground parking at Deekshabhoomi memorial in Nagpur: Fadnavis

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Devendra Fadnavis said that the underground parking project at the Deekshabhoomi memorial in Nagpur has been put on hold. Ambedkar converted to Buddhism along with thousands of his followers, mainly Dalits, at Deekshabhoomi on 14 October 1956. The protesters claimed that the ongoing construction work of the underground parking could damage the Deekshabhoomi memorial.

Nagpur/Mumbai. Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday said that the underground parking project at the Deekshabhoomi memorial in Nagpur has been put on hold. The state government’s decision came at a time when hundreds of followers of Constitution maker Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar on Monday protested against the construction of an underground parking lot at the Deekshabhoomi memorial complex in Nagpur and tried to demolish the infrastructure. Ambedkar had embraced Buddhism along with thousands of his followers, mainly Dalits, at Deekshabhoomi on October 14, 1956. The protesters claimed that the ongoing construction work of the underground parking could damage the Deekshabhoomi memorial.

Fadnavis said in a statement in the assembly, “Keeping in mind the sentiments of the local people, it has been decided to stop the construction work of underground parking under the development project. A meeting of all stakeholders will be called in this regard and a unanimous decision will be taken.” The Deputy Chief Minister told the Assembly that an amount of Rs 200 crore has been allocated for the Deekshabhoomi development project, which has been prepared in consultation with the Deekshabhoomi Memorial Trust. Earlier in the day, Nagpur Police Commissioner Ravindra Singhal said the situation at the spot was under control.

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