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Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu unveils Mahatma Gandhi statue at Rajghat

Naidu also inaugurated an Interpretation Centre in the parking area of the complex

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Delhi: Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu unveils the Statue of Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary, at Rajghat Samadhi Complex, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

Vice President M today unveiled a 1.8-metre-tall bronze statue of at on the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of the

The statue, made by renowned sculptor Ram Sutar, was installed at the parking area of Samadhi Complex at a cost of Rs 8.73 lakh, an official release said.

"Rajghat, the Samadhi of the in the capital, has, for the first time, acquired a new feature that could appeal to a large number of visitors," the release said.

It was mounted on a two-feet-high granite pedestal with 'Be the Change You Wish to See' inscribed on its front side.

The statue was a part of a large number of improvement works being undertaken at Rajghat, the release said.

Over 10,000 people visit daily and foreign dignitaries pay homage to the at the simple black stone platform at the site of his cremation, it said.

"The new statue would offer another spot for them to pay their respects to the great soul," the release said.

also inaugurated an Interpretation Centre in the parking area of the complex.

The Rs 59-lakh facility would enable interactive learning about the life and works of Gandhi through a digital display using LED screens. Visitors can also watch films and listen to speeches of Gandhi, the release stated.

The Samadhi Complex also got a new administrative block that is equipped with a visitors' room, a publication unit and a drinking water facility. This was built at a cost of about Rs 75 lakh," it added

First Published: Mon, October 02 2017. 14:50 IST