Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has written to the Centre expressing its wish to acquire a residential property in London where Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar lived while studying at the London School of Economics in 1921-22.
The 2,050 square feet property on King Henry's Road, London is up for auction with an estimated price of Rs 40 crore.
The Maharashtra government has termed it as a symbolic gesture to salvage the historic house. State Water Conservation Minister Nitin Raut has said both the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan as well as Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar were supporting the move.
Raut said, "This is an opportunity to create an international memorial in London in the name of Ambedkar. So, the request has been accepted by the Maharashtra government and Rs 40 crore have been sanctioned for this."