With the Punjab government all set to lay the foundation stone of the Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum on February 12 here, the administration has swung into action to make arrangements for the mega event.
Though the memorial will be coming up on a 7-acre premise near Naraingarh area, the stone laying ceremony is being organised in Ranjit Avenue area. The event will also see a massive rally.
Since high profile dignitaries are expected to participate in the function, the administration is working overnight to assure that all goes well.
With the government willing to make the occasion a mega event, three huge stages are being erected at the rally venue in the Ranjit Avenue. The nearby roads are being widened, seating arrangement for nearly 25,000 people is being made and each official has been engaged with a task to make the event a success.
Amritsar deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat told Hindustan Times: "The city will be hosting the mega function - the foundation stone laying ceremony of Punjab State War Heroes Memorial and Museum on February 12. This is a dream project of the Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to honour the Punjabis who laid down their lives for the nation."
Divulging details of the project, Bhagat said: "The project is expected to come up at an estimated cost of around `106 crore, the tenders for which have already been floated. The memorial-cum-museum, which will be constructed in the Naraingarh area, will feature the period starting from World War I to Kargil War. Even some incidents after the Kargil War will also be figured."
"However, it is yet to be decided that what exactly will be showcased in the museum, but weapons and few other war-related items can be displayed. The design of the project is in its final stage, with a model is being prepared in Delhi. We hope the construction will be completed in two years," said the DC.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the museum will have detailed information about the soldiers and officers who laid down their lives besides an auditorium.
Talking about the prospective guests at the function, the DC said: "Nearly seven former Army Chiefs and Marshal of the Air Force Arjan Singh are likely to attend the function. Besides nearly 20,000 ex-servicemen will be attending in the event."
"Apart from them, efforts are on to invite all the gallantry award winners from Punjab," said the DC.
Notably, the administration will arrange more than 500 buses passengers to ferry the visitors to the spot of inauguration function.