Gandhi's Smaller Statue at Gandhi Maidan to be shifted to Rajdhani Vatika

The old and the new statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Patna's Gandhi Maidan.

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Patna: The smaller and the much older statue of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Patna's Gandhi Maidan is set to get a new home as the district administration directed the authorities to move it to the Rajdhani Vatika, previously known as the 'Eco Park' while leaving the new statue of Bapu at its existing place in the Gandhi Maidan.

District Magistrate Sanjay Agrawal, while reviewing clean-up work ahead of the Independence Day celebration at the sprawling maidan, ordered the officials to move the older statue to the Rajdhani Vatika before August 13. He also reminded officials to take utmost care in the shifting of the statue that would be placed at a prominent place in the Eco Park.

The DM also found five out of nine high mast lights in non-working condition and ordered the authorities to fix it before the Independence Day celebration.

The Maidan would be off limit to the public starting August 10 until the Independence Day.

Patna Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said that hotels around Gandhi Maidan have been instructed to carry out periodic search to clear the hotel of criminals or firearms to avoid any untoward incident. With snipers monitoring the Independence Day celebration from the roof of the tall buildings around the Maidan, every effort would be made to stop anyone with a firearm to enter into the celebration zone," he said.

With a complete sweep of the Maidan of any explosive to avoid a Hunkar Rally like serial explosions back in 2013, a round-the-clock vigil of the field would be conducted until the event is concluded peacefully, Maharaj said.

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