The authorities of Uzbekistan spent about 6 million dollars of budgetary funds on the construction of the Independence Monument, writes Uzbek service of Radio Liberty, citing sources close to the government.
The monument to independence was erected in the “New Uzbekistan” park in the Kibray district of the Tashkent region. According to the authors, this monument reflects the 3000-year history of the Uzbek people. It was opened by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the eve of the 30th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence.
Officially, the Uzbek authorities do not name the cost of building the monument. Sources told reporters that, excluding logistics costs, about $ 6 million was allocated from the state budget for this monument.
According to them, many components of the composition were brought from Turkey on wagons and planes, from the iron structure of the stele to the trees planted around the monument. So, to transfer from Turkey a 300-ton structure of a 60-meter monument made of steel and copper, it took 85 trucks and 16 aircraft flights.
The project involved the Turkish company Outdoor Factory – Acik Hava fabrikasi. Darya Balji, director of public relations and marketing at the Turkish firm, said during a meeting in May this year, the Uzbek authorities spoke about their wishes regarding the design of the monument. “Mr. Mirziyoyev stressed that when making the monument, it is necessary to reflect the most important events that occurred in the ancient history of Uzbekistan, and our days, the personalities of great ancestors and their scientific heritage,” she said.
The monument, according to the Turkish company, was built in 63 days. Local sculptors made a bas-relief of the monument.
Sources of the Uzbek service of Radio Liberty claim that the project of the monument was implemented through companies associated with the mayor of Tashkent city Jakhongir Artykhodjaev. Balljee, however, said the company had embarked on the project after beating opponents in a fair tender.
The 60-meter-high monument was designed by Sinan Turaman, a designer of the Turkish company Outdoor Factory – Acik Hava fabrikasi. The monument includes, among other things, elements, patterns and motives of the tomb of Amir Timur and the Registan complex in Samarkand, the tomb of Ismail Samani and the Kalyan mosque in Bukhara. On the front of the monument is a blue dome symbolizing the state of Amir Timur, the founder of the Timurid empire. There is a relief wall under the dome that tells about the 3000-year history of Uzbekistan.
The Independence Monument in Tashkent is the second monument made and brought from abroad. Earlier, a 50-ton statue of Jaloliddin Manguberdi, 25 meters high, was made in Russia. This statue and the half-kilometer underground road under it were planned to be completed by the 30th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence, but the construction was delayed, the newspaper points out.