33 foot tall bronze statue of Vivekananda unveiled
RANCHI: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Saturday unveiled a
33-feet-tall bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda at
Bada Talab, popularly known as Ranchi Lake, on the occasion of his
156th birth anniversary and the National Youth Day. He also renamed
the popular lake as Vivekananda Sarovar. The statue has been built
by noted sculptor Ram V Sutar, who was also present on the
“The inauguration of this statue also becomes important on the birth anniversary of Swamiji as the his dream of India becoming a world power can only become a reality when youth of this nation will follow his teachings. The Rs 2.95 crore monument is tribute to Swamiji’s life and his teachings. I am confident that it will help inspire youths of this state to work for New India.”
Das said Vivekananda Sarovar will be developed into a world class tourist spot in the next six months.
Prior to the inauguration, flowers were showered atop the statue and the lake from a helicopter.
Urban development minister C P Singh, who was present on the occasion, announced the construction of a meditation centre near the statue.
“I will personally look after the beautification project which will be completed in couple of months’ time. We are also planning to launch boating facilities at night in the second phase of the beautification project here. Apart from that we are also planning to develop other waterbodies across the state to turn them into tourist destinations.”
The total cost of the beautification project including the statue is pegged at Rs 17 crore. The statue project was supposed to be completed in January 2018, however it got delayed due to delay on part of Ranchi Municipal Corporation in finalising tender works.