Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Hyderabad for two important events. One happens to be to dedicate the ‘statue of equality’ at Munchintal near Shamshabad airport, and another one is to take part in the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT).
The Prime Minister will first visit the ICRISAT campus at around 2.45 pm in Patancheru, and he will kick-start the 50th-anniversary celebrations, and around 5 pm, he will dedicate to the nation the ‘statue of equality.’ The 216 feet statue has been the thought of China Jeeyar Swamy, and it will commemorate the 11th-century Bhakti Saint Sri Ramanujacharya, who promoted the idea of equality in all aspects of living, including faith, caste, and creed.
The statue made with panchaloha or five metals – gold, silver, copper, brass, and zinc is among one of the tallest sitting statues in the world. The main statue sits on a 54-ft high base building named Bhadra Vedi and has floors devoted to a Vedic digital library and research center, ancient Indian texts, a theatre, an educational gallery detailing the works of Sri Ramanujacharya.
As a part of PM’s program, Modi will watch the 3D presentation mapping on the life journey and teaching of Sri Ramanujacharya. He will also visit the identical recreations of 108 Divya Desams (ornately carved temples) that surround the statue of equality.
At ICRISAT, Prime Minister Modi will also inaugurate ICRISAT’s climate change research facility on plant protection and rapid generation advancement facility. PM will also unveil a specially designed logo of ICRISAT and launch a commemorative stamp issued on occasion.
However, following the security breach in Punjab, the state government is taking all measures to ensure that the Prime Minister’s journey is smooth. About 7000 personnel have been deployed, including central teams. Director-General of Police Mahender Reddy and other officials have been busy ensuring fool-proof arrangements at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) and at both locations.
Prime Minister Modi will land at Shamshabad and then fly to ICRISAT. Once the event is done, he will fly back to the airport and then go to Munchintal by road. The medical and health department personnel are in place, too, while the roads and buildings department has been given orders to fix roads and provide ample lighting on the roads to be used by the PM.