Iconic Raja Bhoj’s statue losing its luster

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2018 11:25:07


Staff Reporter,

RAJA Bhoj statue, associated as one of the favourite selfie points for youngsters to click pictures. With passage of time, however, the spot has lost its lustre. On one hand, newly developed Raja Bhoj setu was one of the main attractions where people were often seen flocking in groups to click selfies. On the other hand, today only moderate crowd were keen to click selfies with Raja Bhoj statue. Social worker Mahi Bhaj ini said that pest bird infestation is clearly visible on spot and statue of Raja Bhoj is full of bird faeces. The bird faeces is spoiling beauty of the statue and is also a reason why people are losing interest in clicking pictures.

Regular cleaning of statue is required and more illumination of the area should be done during the evening.
The 32 feet high gigantic statue of ruler along bank of upper lake was unveiled in 2011. The 32-feet high statue which weighs seven tonnes is made up of gunmetal and bell metal and has incurred a cost of Rs 27 lakh. It took two months time to built the statue. Its base is 12 feet and was installed on 10 feet high ‘burj’ (bastion) in Upper Lake.

Rohan Verma, student college and also regularly participates in youth camps in city says that anything related with Bhopal history is important and it is must that more illumination and cleaning should be conducted over the period of time so that the statue does not lose its lustre.

Selfie points which are made in local tourist spots like Sair Sapata are not popular among localities. Now crowd is being seen clicking selfies near ROB like Veer Savarkar bridge, Raja bhoj setu and other points near Boat club near to kiosks welcome to city of lakes etc. The paintings on the walls of Veer Savarkar bridge is also one of major attraction sport and at times commuters are seen clicking selfies along with bright paintings depicting important tourist places of Madhya Pradesh.