Former Kollywood actress and current Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha made an open announcement on Monday regarding a memorial being built in Chennai respecting and honoring the veteran and legendary actor late Sivaji Ganesan who is regarded as one of the biggest icons in the Tamil film fraternity as well as in the state of Tamil Nadu.
She made a statement in the assembly regarding her approval on Sept 26, 2002 for the conveyance of 65 cents of land owned by Public Works Department in Adyar to South Indian Film Artists Association for constructing a memorial for Sivaji Ganesan as was requested by many. As a road leading to judges’ quarters was situated amidst the land, the government asked the association to give Rs 4.20 lakh for laying a separate road.
The association said it could give only Rs 2 lakh and remitted it on July 26, 2004 and the remaining Rs 2.20 lakh was borne by the government. A compound wall around the land given for building the memorial was built on February 13, 2006.
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