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Design of ‘84 riots memorial ready,inauguration to be held as planned

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

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi |
Updated: April 11, 2014 5:53:18 pm

The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC),led by Shiromani Akali Dal,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 as it was 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 that does not flout the by-laws,” Sirsa said.

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

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

Water will flow in from all sides in to 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 a laser beam that will go up to 300 feet in sky.

“Water,fire,sun and earth together will be symbol of life and the memorial will be symbol of life in continuation. Around the dial will be a sitting area where audio and video depiction of martyrs stories will be played,” Gandhi said. The DSGMC is also considering constructing a museum to showcase contribution of Sikh in nation building,under the memorial.

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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