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MMRDA to consult IIT-B for Dr Ambedkar memorial

The opinion from IIT will help MMRDA identify the spots where corrosion is possible and only those would be made of stainless steel

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MMRDA to consult IIT-B for Dr Ambedkar memorial
Aerial view of Indu Mill which has been allotted for building the memorial
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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to take the assistance of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) for the construction of the 350-foot tall Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial at Indu Mill in Dadar. The MMRDA plans to consult experts from IIT-B on avoiding corrosion of steel that will be used for the memorial's construction.

Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, "We are going to take opinion from IIT on using steel for the memorial. Since the memorial will be close to the sea, there are chances of corrosion. The opinion will be regarding which parts must be made of stainless steel to avoid corrosion." The opinion from IIT will help MMRDA identify the spots where corrosion is possible and only those would be made of stainless steel.

"When it comes to corrosion, it has to be studied in depth and it involves science. If the corrosion is not protected or prevented, it can lead to a major safety issue," said an official from MMRDA.

The MMRDA has also planned an auditorium, meditation area and a pond along with the memorial. The proposed pond will be a replica of Chavdar Tale, the main tank of Mahad where Dr Ambedkar hosted a satyagraha in 1927.

So far, around five Indian companies have shown interest in the memorial's construction for which the cost is estimated to be Rs 600 crore. The MMRDA plans to award the construction contract by this year's end and have the memorial constructed within the next three years.

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  • The MMRDA has also planned an auditorium with a seating capacity of about 800.
     
  • An assembly hall, museum, library, garden and parking space for visitors have also been proposed
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