The State Of Equality unveiled in Muchintal in the outskirts of Hyderabad has become a landmark for the city. All the roads from Hyderabad are leading to Muchintal these days and the organizers say that around One Lakh people are visiting the statue on the weekends. But then, the visitors say the arrangements for the people are inadequate.
"We went there on Saturday. Due to the arrival of the Vice-President of India, our vehicles were stopped very far and we had to walk a long distance with family and kids to reach the venue. The road is not proper and stones are all over. Kids have suffered a lot," Venkateswarrao, a visitor told us.
"We have left our chappals at one gate and after our darshan inside, we were sent out from another gate which is somewhere else. We were totally exhausted and had to leave our chappals. On the way back, we luckily found an auto. But due to lack of proper signage boards, we were dropped off somewhere and we had to walk all the way to the parking," he added.
Another family complained about food issues. "We are told there is Annadanam. But the organizers did not expect so many people to come. So, the food is finished by the time, our turn has come. There are absolutely no other food options nearby. Kids who are along with us almost starved," another family told us.
There are rumors that very soon, visitors will have to shell out 1,500 per head to visit the statue. That is also the reason for the huge influx of devotees to see the statue. Also, there are so many celebrities coming there. So, there are many restrictions and diversions in the name of security arrangements. The common people are suffering as a result.