|Queen Victoria's statue, Vizag (in Old town) Picssr|
Coming back to the statue of Queen Victoria, the one at Visagapatnam is so neglected and there is no semblance of government doing any periodic repairs. The Queen Victoria's statues at other places in India are fairly being maintained. The Queen Victoria pavilion at Vizag is a heritage monument and needs urgent attention. The problem is two fold; people do not keep this place clean and the other being air-pollution caused by coal dust from the near by port. If these are controlled, situation will improve and save the statue from further damage.
It is an accepted fact that in India both politicians and the people do not give importance to the monuments or memorials that they deserve. Monuments are the only objective links with our past history that need careful preservation so that the next generation of people will be in touch with our past history. The word negligence has crept into thousands of monuments of grandeur and beauty across India. Countless old temples, churches, mosques, colonial structures come under this category.
|notice board near Queen Victoria's statue,Vizag.thenewsminute.com|
According to a member of the INTACH, weeds grown in and around the structure were removed in April 2016 and in the same year sandblasting of the statue was done. Nothing has moved further and the scenario is back to square one. When we keep losing monuments one by one, our history will have too many holes and it is not good for a country.
The statue of Queen Victoria is located in the following places in India:
Bangalore city, Karnataka : Cubbon Park (1906) Sculptor: Thomas Brock.
Kolkata: 01. Victoria Memorial (1921). Sculptor: Thomas Brock, 02. Victoria Memorial (1901), Sculptor: George Frampton, 03. Indian Museum (1875), Sculptor: Marshall Wood
Mathura: Government museum (year and sculptor, not known)
Chennai: Madras University - Southern side of the University (1887), Sculptor nor known.
Vizagapatam: Old Town, near State Bank of India Building (1904), Sculptor not known