A bronze statue of Mahatma Ghandi, standing at 9ft tall, could potentially be unveiled in November 2019 outside Manchester Cathedral.
The year 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of Ghandi's birth, and the proposed plans were recently put in motion by Indian artist Ram V Sutar.
Manchester Cathedral, Manchester City Council, High Commission of India and the Manchester India Partnership are all in support of the awesome project – which is one of many in a series of efforts to improve Manchester's medieval quarter.
Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (UK) submitted the planning application for the statue, which is expected to be discussed this summer.
In a statement intended to highlight the intentions of the statue, SMRD said: "The statue will express harmony between form and function, place and purpose, history and present. Manchester, as UK’s second largest city, has stood together against those who would seek to destroy multi-racial, multi-ethnic societies."
Positioned adjacent to Cathedral Approach and Victoria street, it will sit on the right-hand side of the cathedral, just a small walk away from the Manchester Arena.
We're looking forward to welcoming the 800kg Mahatma Ghandi to Manchester city centre!