State asks NMC to complete acquisition of Shyam Hotel

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Nov 2017 08:58:20


Special Correspondent,

Maharashtra Government has directed Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) to cancel lease deed of Shyam Hotel and complete the acquisition process of the building so as to declare it as National Memorial. After completing the acquisition process, the hotel will be transferred to Archeological Survey of India. The new proposal will be tabled in the general body meeting of NMC slated on November 20.

Mayor Nanda Jichkar will preside over the meeting. Already, the general body of NMC has taken a decision to declare Shyam Hotel as National Monument. The civic body passed a resolution in this regard on December 31, 2016.

In this hotel, the architect of Indian Constitution Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar had stayed for six days in 1956, from October 11 to October 16, when he embraced Buddhism. The hotel on Geeta Ground Layout in Sitabuldi, is spread on land admeasuring 7,500 sq ft.

Since several years, Dr Ambedkar’s followers have been demanding that the defunct hotel should be converted into a memorial. The lease of the hotel was transferred on October 10, 2003 by the legal heirs of Shyamji Kheta, the original owner of the property, through a sale deed to Pramod Laxminarayan Jaiswal, Director of Aaswad Restaurants Private Limited. He is legal owner of the property as on date and holds the lease till April 15, 2034.

As per the proposal, the adjacent land where Anand Talkies once stood, should also be acquired to create an aesthetic memorial, a seminary for Buddhist monks, and a research centre for propagation of Buddhist philosophy.