Friday, November 26, 2004

The most expensive plaque ever?

The most expensive plaque ever?
The Hindu

BANGALORE, NOV. 25. If the Mehkri Circle underpass had created history for putting up inaugural plaques that had maximum number of names (about 120), the one put up at Dairy Circle underpass, inaugurated on Thursday, seems to be the costliest ever made at the expense of the taxpayers' money.

The plaque — artistically made and prominently visible — has cost the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), which has taken up the construction of the three-tier grade separator at Dairy Circle, nearly a lakh of rupees. The grade separator is said to be the first of its kind in the country.

The plaque is about 15-foot tall — tallest of all the plaques. It has been put on a well-designed pedestal in the middle of a landscaped triangle. Provided with a curvature design and a round insignia of the BDA on top of it, the plaque is attractive.

When the inaugural function began, it was kept covered under a shining yellow satin cloth. The Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, who inaugurated the underpass, unveiled the plaque.

A passer-by said, "These people are trying to defy death (by getting their names embedded on the plaque)."

The plaque says Mr. Dharam Singh inaugurated the underpass and the Deputy Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah, the Mayor, P.R. Ramesh, the MP and former Union Minister, H.N. Ananth Kumar, and legislators, Ramalinga Reddy, Ramachandre Gowda, K.B. Munivenkata Reddy and Puttanna, attended the inaugural function. But Mr. Siddaramaiah, Mr. Ramesh, Mr. Kumar and Mr. Puttanna were not present at the function.

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