New Delhi: The B R Ambedkar memorial, located
in a north Delhi area where the Dalit icon breathed his last,
will get a facelift, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday
issuing directions for urgently developing it in a manner that
befits the late leader.
Singh reviewed the condition of the memorial, situated in
a bungalow on Alipore Road, during a meeting which was
attended by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Mukul
Wasnik, sources said.
It was noted that the memorial on a three-acre land
comprises a photo-gallery and a library.
After the review, the Prime Minister directed Wasnik to
take urgent steps to constitute a high-level committee for the
development of the memorial, they said.
Singh said he strongly supports the idea that the
monument devoted to the memory of Ambedkar should be developed
in a manner befitting the great leader, the sources said.
The timing of the decision is significant as Uttar
Pradesh is going to assembly polls in a few months and
Congress would be expecting to boost its prospects by wooing
The Prime Minister earlier met a delegation consisting of
representatives of the memorial and assured them that due
consideration would be given to development of the monument.