Berhampur, Dec. 28: The Berhampur Municipal Corporation will replace the damaged statue of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose installed at Town Hall Square with a new one before the leader’s birth anniversary.
The Azad Hind Bahini built the existing statue that was inaugurated by former Berhampur sub-collector Pradipta Kumar Das on January 23, 1991.
Niranjan Rath, advisor of the Manabika Adhikar Surakshya Manch, and others today met commissioner A.K. Mahanty and drew his attention to the statue’s pitiable condition.
“It’s not only an insult to the great son of India, but also an insult to the people of the city. We requested the commissioner to install a good statue of Netaji at some other place. We suggested a place at Khallikote College Square near the Women’s College quarters,” Rath said.
“We will bear the cost of the repair charges of the statue at Town Hall Square. The repair must be done before Netaji Jayanti on January 23 and the manch has taken the responsibility,” Mahanty said.
“We will also build another statue of Netaji and bear the entire cost. We have to select a site for the purpose and decide about other aspects. Considering that installation of a new statue in a short time is not possible, we will first repair the old statue and have a new one later,” said Mahanty.
The civic authority has initiated steps to install statues of various leaders, including Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi Nagar Square, Indira Gandhi at Old Bus Stand, Brundaban Nayak at Kamapalli and others, in Berhampur.
Earlier, the civic body had planned to install a Netaji statue at Gandhi Nagar Square. But, it was abandoned because of opposition from the Gandhi Nagar Youth Association. They had said that the statue of Gandhi should be installed because the colony was named after him.