Work on 108-feet tall statue of Kempegowda at the Bangalore International Airport has gained pace with the arrival of 35-feet long sword weighing 4000 kg from Delhi. The giant sword arrived in a special truck from New Delhi to Bengaluru on Monday.
In June 2020, then Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had laid the foundation for the project marking the 511th birth anniversary of Kempegowda. The statue was earlier scheduled to be unveiled by 2021, but the construction of the statue has been delayed.
The statue is being built at the cost of Rs 85 crore. Noted architect from Noida, Ram Wanar Sutar, is in charge of erecting the statue. Suttar is also known for designing the Statue of Unity depicting late statesman Vallabbhai Patel in Gujarat, as well as the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Vidhan Soudha in Bengaluru. The statue is coming up in the 23-acre heritage park, which is being developed on the airport premises. It is named after the founder of Bengaluru city Kempegowda.
It may be recalled here that in February this year, Deputy CM Dr C N Ashwathnarayana, along with Swami Nirmalananda Swamiji of Adhichunchungiri mutt, had visited Noida to check the statue’s progress.
Nadaprabhu Hiriya Kempe Gowda, also known as Kempegowda, was a chieftain under the Vijayanagara Empire. Born on June 27, 1510 in Magadi, Kempegowda built four towers in the north, south, east and west of the garden city, with a view to limiting its growth up to a point at 3,000-feet above the sea level. He also developed water bodies, including lakes and tanks for its supply to its people through the year.