Sunday, July 07, 2019

Coal India arm builds Lal Bahadur Shastri’s statue at Varanasi Airport

Kolkata: Coal India subsidiary, Northern Coalfields, headquartered some 195 kilometres from the historic city of Varanasi at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh is all set to play an important role in giving new shape to the development of Varanasi.
It has recently built a statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Varanasi International Airport, named after the country’s second Prime Minister, and unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Varanasi, also popularly known as Kashi happens to be Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Constituency.
The Coal India arm which crossed 100 million tonnes production mark last year contributing to nearly 17% of total production, has recently undertaken many development work at Benaras, a major religious hub by the river Ganges. It has now decided to beautify the statue premises with gardens and fountains.
The 18 feet high metal alloy statue designed by renowned sculptor Ram V. Sutar is made of 85 per cent copper and other metals. The pedestal of the statue built 8.8 feet high took about six months to construct and install. The world's tallest statue of Iron Man Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel, popularly known as the Statue of Unity, was also designed by Sutar.
07/07/19 Debjoy Sengupta/Economic Times
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