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’84 riots memorial design ready,inauguration as planned: DSGMC

Committee says no building by-law flouted in design.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi |
June 10, 2013 2:03:18 am

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee,led by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal),has prepared the design for the proposed memorial for 1984 riots in the Gurdwara Rakabganj complex.

Earlier,the New Delhi Municipal Council had served a notice against the construction of the memorial calling it an “illegal” structure.

DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa on Sunday claimed that the memorial was in complete compliance with building by-laws.

“On June 6,we met an NDMC official in the office of Deputy Commissioner of Police S B S Tyagi,and we showed our design to the official. We categorically told him that we are not constructing anything new and will be placing stones on the existing structure,which was inaugurated by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. We have also shown them the design (and it) does not flout the by-laws,” Sirsa said.

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According to the architect of the memorial,Rajiv Gandhi,the structure’s diameter and height will be in conformity with the by-laws.

Gandhi said a lotus-shaped metal disc or dial will be placed in middle,signifying the sun. The dial will be floating on water,symbolising life. The design has been conceptualised on a mound.

Water will flow in from all sides into the structure of the dial,where names of martyrs will be engraved. Metallic lotus petals will be on the dial and in the middle will be laser beams that will go up to 300 feet in sky.

“The circle of life revolves around the three elements — Earth water and the Sun. The memorial will be a circular landscaped disc at an elevated level with a circular viewing gallery around a memorial displaying the lives of the martyrs. The center of the disc would be a large solar dial. Around the solar dial would be water,flowing over stone tableau that will have names of all martyrs engraved on it,” Gandhi said.

The DSGMC is also considering constructing a museum under the memorial to showcase contribution of Sikhs in nation building.

The Committee plans to inaugurate the memorial on June 12.

On NDMC’s notice and a warning to stop construction,Sirsa said,“ We are not constructing a new structure and this has been repeatedly told to the Council. We will go ahead with the foundation stone laying ceremony scheduled for June 12.”

NDMC officials refused comment on the issue.

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