Maharashtra to buy house in London where BR Ambedkar stayed
The Maharashtra government on Tuesday approved a proposal to purchase the 2,050 sq feet bungalow in London, where Dr B R Ambedkar once lived and convert it into an international memorial. The house situated on 10, King Henry Road, NW3, where the architect of Indian Constitution lived while he was pursuing higher studies at the London School of Economics during 1921-22, is being auctioned by the owner.
The bungalow's price is estimated at Rs.40 crore. A plaque that "Indian Crusader for Social Justice Dr B R Ambedkar lived here during 1921-22" is put outside the house, Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole said after a state Cabinet meeting. A committee under Badole has been set up to expedite the process of purchase of the six bedroom-cum-terrace house.
He said permission of the central government would be taken before proceeding with the purchase. "We will require Rs.40 crore to purchase the house and later annual maintenance of Rs.61 lakh. We can recover some of the maintenance amount from rent as we will give four rooms to four Dalit students, who come to London on scholarship to pursue higher studies. Similarly, one bedroom will be for professor on official visit," he said.
Badole said the first instalment of Rs.five crore has been sanctioned for appointment of solicitor and surveyor. Last month, the Maharashtra government had dispatched a letter of intent to the Indian High Commission in the UK, formally setting in motion the process to purchase the London house.