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S. Nijalingappa memorial to be dedicated to the nation today

Firoz Rozindar

It has come up near Seebar village in Chitradurga taluk



REMEMBERING HIS CONTRIBUTION:The S. Nijalingappa memorial that has come up near Seebar village

Chitradurga: The S. Nijalingappa memorial near Seebar village about 5 km from here is now ready for inauguration.

The monument will be dedicated to the nation on Saturday. Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, Union Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge and Leader of Opposition in Assembly Siddaramaiah will attend the function.

The project witnessed several delays mainly due to financial constraints. Estimated at Rs. 3-crore, including a financial aid of Rs. 2 crore from the Government, it was initially proposed to be completed in a year.

“The project was mainly envisaged to remember a honest and disciplined Chief Minister,” said Shanmukhappa, a close associate of the late Nijalingappa.

He said that initially, the project was estimated at Rs. 50 lakh, however, it escalated to Rs. 3 crore owing to delay in completion of work.

Mr. Shanmukhappa feels that since Nijalingappa hailed from Chitradurga, a decision was taken to build a monument in his memory for the people of the district.

Nijalingappa, who became the Chief Minister of Karnataka in 1956 after its reunification, was known for his sincerity and honesty.

“The people of the district are proud to have had such a humble and down-to-earth man who served as Chief Minister for nearly eight years during three terms,” Mr. Shanmukhappa said.

On the project, Mr. Shanmukhappa said that as per the plan, the monument built on four acres of land had an auditorium, a museum and a park. To make his memory meaningful, rooms have been constructed where free computer training would be offered to rural students.

Recalling his contribution to the State, Mr. Shanmukhappa said that Mr. Nijalingappa pioneered several ambitious irrigation projects in the State, including the construction of Alamatti Dam. The Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and the Kasturba Medical College of Manipal, the first private medical college in the country, were built during his regime.

“He was the only Chief Minister who decided to provide shelter to the Dalai Lama and his Tibetans who fled from Tibet after the Chinese invasion in 1962,” said Mr. Shanmukhappa.

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