Prime minister Narendra Modi dedicated to people a Shaurya Smarak (war memorial) in Bhopal on Friday.
The war memorial premises covers an area of 12.67 acres with a built-up area of approximately 8000 sq meter. The cost is about Rs 41 crore (including gallery installations).
The memorial shows an abstract theme of life, theatre of war, death and victory over death besides a 62-foot-high Shaurya Stambh, an amphitheatre with sitting capacity of 1000 and galleries to showcase armed forces history and wars the country has fought.
It took more than six years for the state government to build the memorial after its foundation stone was laid in February 2010.
Speaking about the memorial during his speech at Lal Parade ground, Modi appreciated the state government’s efforts in building of the memorial and said this Shaurya Smarak (memorial on valour) was unique and different from a Shaheed Smarak (memorial on martyrs) and Yudh smarak (war memorial).
He said this memorial would inspire people.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan ridiculed the Congress without naming the party. He said a particular family built memorial in the name of their family members but they never thought of building memorial in the name of soldiers.
Modi was accompanied by defence minister Manohar Parrikar, governor OP Kohli, Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar, and state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan to the memorial where he unveiled a plaque.