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Govt approves Rs 500-crore project for war memorial, museum

The total time for completion of the entire project at Princess Park in New Delhi is estimated to be five years.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: October 7, 2015 8:14 pm
India, India war memorials, India war memorials project, Indian soldiers, India gate, National War Memorial, National War Museum, India latest news The govt approved a Rs 500- crore project for building a National War Memorial and a National War Museum near India Gate in memory of over 22,500 soldiers who laid down their lives post-Independence. (Source: AP)

Acceding to a long-pending demand of the armed forces, the government on Wednesday approved a Rs 500- crore project for building a National War Memorial and a National War Museum near India Gate in memory of over 22,500 soldiers who laid down their lives post-Independence.

The total time for completion of the entire project at Princess Park in New Delhi is estimated to be five years.

Post-Independence, more than 22,500 soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice in national interests and in defence of the sovereignty and integrity of the country.

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However, even after 69 years of Independence, no memorial to commemorate the martyrs has been constructed till date.

With the present decision of the Cabinet, a long-pending demand of the armed forces has been redressed, an official statement released after the Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said.

It has been decided that the project will be monitored by an empowered Steering Committee chaired by Defence Secretary and assisted by a dedicated project management team, to ensure that the proposed project is completed within scheduled time- frame.

Post commissioning, a management body will be formed for maintenance of the National War Memorial and the museum.

“This government will be establishing a war memorial and a museum with a deep sense of gratitude to honour those brave soldiers, who laid down their lives.

“The memorial will promote a sense of patriotism in the minds of visitors, and will award an opportunity to citizens of this vast nation, to express their token sense of gratitude to the brave soldiers, who laid down their lives for the motherland,” the statement said.

While their final movements would have gone unnoticed and on occasions their final resting place unknown, this museum will capture those poignant moments in history and bring out the variegated nature of their commitments, it said.

“Their dedication, this government feels is a part of unfinished work in nation-building. This government resolves with all its humility at its command that they did not die in vain and that Bharat Mata is enriched by their contribution. A visit to the memorial shall inspire us to rededicate ourselves to this great nation with utmost devotion,” the statement said.

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    Dharamveer
    Apr 25, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    The idea of museums is growing widely in india now, i have worked for 4 museums for all the art works and it is a nice visitors place as well as glowing india too... I will be really honoured to make all the art work by my team here. lt;br/gt;Plz guide me that how can i get the contract of this museum. lt;br/gt;Dharamveer/9472542938lt;br/gt;
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      Santosh kumar
      Sep 1, 2016 at 8:06 am
      How to submit design war memorial in mygov sight
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        Abhishek
        Oct 7, 2015 at 10:51 pm
        Now media and opposition target Modi..he is spending just 500 crores and taking 5 years to complete...why so much time? Kejriwal - Modi is corrupt, he is taking 5 years for a project his govt can do in 100 days...that too at 1/10th cost!
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          Arvind
          Oct 7, 2015 at 8:07 pm
          Finally India has woken up the fact that its national security comes at a great cost in blood and treasure. This memorial will remind us of that cost that we pay for our freedom through our armed forces.
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            Parappur
            Oct 8, 2015 at 5:04 am
            And we have no money for Indian Air force to equip itself to defend this country!
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