In a bid to remove hurdles during the construction of flyovers and widening of roads in Vijayawada, there have been many casualties including places of worship and historical structures. However, Chandrababu Naidu in his own tenacious manner appeased to the people involved and the work has been going on unhindered. In fact the widening of roads has been going on at a fast pace in order to be ready by the time Pushkaralu being on August 12th.
The latest in the list of casualties is the statue of YS Rajasekhar Reddy near Police Control room and the first municipal chairman TV Chalapathi Rao’s statue near Kaleswara Rao market.
The latter who had worked for the betterment of the city, and a statue was erected in his memory, would have been a happier person – after all he is aiding the development of the city even after so many years of his death.
Imaginations apart, the removal of these statues did create tension in the city and YSR party activists led by Jogi Ramesh and Vangaveetu Radhakrishna protested near the statue. However the authorities amidst the protests went ahead with their work. Crowds were dispersed and arrests were made to ensure peaceful execution of the work.
However, YSR Congress official spokesperson Punuru Gowtham Reddy said the removal of the statue was against the rules. He also reminded that there were other statues like the one of Kakani Venkataratnam at Benz Circle and NT Rama Rao in Patamata causing obstruction, but they were not removed.
TVS Sarma, son of Dr Chalapathi Rao also commented on how he was not against development, but was unhappy with the way the statue was removed.
While it is fine to ensure development work goes ahead unhindered, may be Babu does not want to think about where to draw a line. Important heritage structures, for example, are our treasures; people’s sentiments too are important. It seems like the government in it’s hurry to finish the works on time does not want to dwell on time consuming, but workable solutions like re-location.