Hyderabad: Experts have felt that re-installation of statutes of Telugu icons and literary giants would take at least a year. Though the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, instructed the officials a day after the demolition of the statues on Tank Bund to prepare estimates for moulding and re-installation of statues on Tank Bund, practically it may take more time.
The Telangana activists had destroyed and felled 16 statues on Tank Bund and threw them into the Hussainsagar while some other statues were mutilated on the day of Million March called by the Telangana Political JAC.
According to estimates, the State government has to spend about Rs 5 crores for fabricating and installing new statues of Srikrishna Devaraya, Palanati Brahma Nayudu, Gurazada Appa Rao , Satavahana king Shalivahnana , Adikavi Nannaiah, poet-saints Tallapaka Annamacharya and Kshetrayya, Mahakavi Gurram Jashua, Sir Arthur Cotton, Bellary Raghava and Tripuraneni Ramaswamy Choudhary. Besides, statues of Errapragada, Ramadasu, Vemana, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C Ramalinga Reddy and Sri Sri were partially damaged. The 33 statues on Tank Bund were installed over quarter century ago by Telugu Desam party founder-president and former chief minister late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao.
The government also requires to call for tenders from skilled sculptors for fabricating the statues. Before going ahead with the idol works, sculptors have to get sketches of the statues and get approval from the committee. The process could take more than three months and it would also takes 4 to 5 months to sculpt the statues. It was estimated that each statue would cost from Rs 5 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs, depending upon the material used. Moreover, the experts also feel that it will be difficult to recreate the same magic since the services of renowned sculptors were requisitioned to execute the project in a record 30 days in 1986. The eminent sculptors, Mr Kalakshetra Rajagopal, Mr Ganapati Stapati, Mr Velu Swamy had given shape to the ‘Telugu Velugu’ project with a passion. The sculptors had toiled for 18 hours a day.
The brewing hurdle in the reinstallation of the statues was the demand of Telangana protagonists for installation of statutes of Telangana personalities like Komuram Bheem, Sammakka Sarakka, Chakali Ilamma, Suddala Hanumanthu, Bhagyadhar Reddy and Narayan Pawar and others. (NSS)