Ranchi’s tribute to Vivekananda

Ranchi’s long wait for the inauguration of the 33-feet Swami Vivekananda statue on Ranchi Lake (Now Vivekananda Sarovar) ended on 12th Jan 2019, the icon’s birth anniversary observed as National Youth Day, when chief minister Raghubar Das did the honours amid Vedic chants.

Ram Vanji Sutar

Famed sculptor Ram Vanji Sutar, best known for the Statue of Unity and the brains behind this metal creation, mainly bronze, came too. Youths jostled for selfies with him.

This project, worth Rs 18.46 crore, inclusive of statue cost at Rs 2.96 crore, was undertaken by tourism department in May 2017, but progress was slow.

Urmila RCP Projects had bagged the tender. In December 2018, the state roped in Shapoorji Pallonji to complete the project by January 12.

Jharkhand State Building Construction Corporation is the supervising agency and Mecon the consulting agency.

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