Stunning all metro commuters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took a surprise ride in the Delhi Metro coach to reach the venue of an event in north Delhi's Alipore area. It was at 26, Alipur Road here where Dr Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution, had breathed his last on December 6, 1956.
The prime minister also said that inaugurating the memorial was an emotional moment for him and said this will help people know more about Ambedkar. The Foundation stone of DANM was laid by the Prime Minister on 21 March, 2016. "The memorial of Babasaheb Ambedkar, the creator of the Constitution of India has been given the shape of a book", it said.
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Reportedly, the first floor of the memorial houses high quality displays related to Dr Ambedkar's life whereas, the lower level of the two-storied building has an exhibition gallery, which illustrates the days spent by Ambedkar on the premises.
The Dr Ambedkar Mahaparinirvana Sthal at 26, Alipur Road, was dedicated to the nation by Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the then Prime Minister of India, in December 2003.
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The memorial also has an exact replica of the room of Dr Ambedkar as it was in real life with furniture and assorted things being kept in the same way. A meditation hall has also been created at the memorial. A, a musical fountain and a facade lighting are the other attractions of the memorial.
The PM's remarks had come close on the heels of widespread violent protests over a Supreme Court verdict putting in place "safeguards" to forbid the misuse of a law preventing atrocities against the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.
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"The prime minister later travelled back via metro, by taking a train from the Vidhan Sabha station to Lok Kalyan Marg station (earlier called Race Course station)", he said.