Coal India arm builds Lal Bahadur Shastri’s statue at Varanasi Airport

The 18 feet high metal alloy statue designed by renowned sculptor Ram V. Sutar is made of 85 per cent copper and other metals.

KOLKATA: Coal India subsidiary, Northern Coalfields, headquartered some 195 kilometres from the historic city of Varanasi at Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh is all set to play an important role in giving new shape to the development of Varanasi.

It has recently built a statue of Lal Bahadur Shastri at the Varanasi International Airport, named after the country’s second Prime Minister, and unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday. Varanasi, also popularly known as Kashi happens to be Prime Minister’s Parliamentary Constituency.

The Coal India arm which crossed 100 million tonnes production mark last year contributing to nearly 17% of total production, has recently undertaken many development work at Benaras, a major religious hub by the river Ganges. It has now decided to beautify the statue premises with gardens and fountains.


The 18 feet high metal alloy statue designed by renowned sculptor Ram V. Sutar is made of 85 per cent copper and other metals. The pedestal of the statue built 8.8 feet high took about six months to construct and install. The world's tallest statue of Iron Man Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel, popularly known as the Statue of Unity, was also designed by Sutar.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Northern Coalfields has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Railways under which a grand Eco Park will be constructed near the Manduadih railway station of Varanasi and a reservoir will be restored near this place. The company has signed MoU with local district administration for solid waste management in 13 urbanized village panchayats of Varanasi.

In addition, the company has donated an oxygen generator to the Ramakrishna Mission Hospital in Varanasi. It is also planning to beautify Manikarnika Ghat in Varanasi as Swachh Iconic Place launched under Swachh Bharat Mission.
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