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Various organizations celebrated Dr Ambedkar birth anniversary celebrations in the city on Friday Speaking after paying floral tributes to the leader during one such celebration at Town Hall, district minister H C Mahadevappa said: "The statue of Ambedkar, being built at a cost of Rs 6 crore, will be ready by this month-end. Apart from this, the second phase grant of Rs 6 crore for the construction of Ambedkar Bhavan has also been sanctioned. The works on that will be completed at the earliest."
For the construction of the statue at Town Hall, PWD has given contract for developing stage, pedestal, steps, laying out Mexicans grass patches and electrification to Shankara Shilpi Institute School. The dome will be plated with copper and gold.
Various organizations, including dalit bodies, educational institutions, political parties, and Hotel Owners' Association, paid tributes to Ambedkar. HV Rajeeva Balaga had organized its 150th cleanliness campaign at Ashokapuram, wherein hundreds of volunteers, including students, cleaned the streets in Ashokapuram. UoM BR Ambedkar Research and Extension Centre and SC/ST Cell and Karnataka State Gangubhai Hanagal Music and Performing Arts University also organized programmes to mark the day.

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