Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal will lay the foundation stone of the War Memorial-cum-Museum in Amritsar on Wednesday to honour the gallant services rendered by Army personnel from the First World War to Kargil battle, with the ceremony to be attended by about 50,000 people from all over the state.
The chief minister reviewed all the arrangements on Tuesday.
Though the proposal to erect the war-memorial-cum-museum on seven acres of land is near Naraingarh area, the stone-laying ceremony is being held at Ranjit Avenue.
A massive rally will also be held during the event.
The museum will have detailed information about the soldiers and officers who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
Keeping in view the possibility of enhanced VIP movement on Amritsar roads, the district administration has ordered the closure of all government and private schools in the city. A high-level meeting with the top brass of the state government and renowned officials from armed forces was presided over by Badal to give the final touches for the preparations the event in which nearly 25,000 ex-servicemen are expected to participate.
Brig Manit Singh, director, Sainik Welfare Department, said former Army chiefs Gen Shankar Rai Chaudhary, Gen Deepak Kapur and General JJ Singh; ex-navy chiefs Admiral Madhvender Singh and Admiral VS Sekhawat, besides Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh would grace the occasion.
He said students in uniform from Sainik School, Kapurthala, PPS Nabha, Maharaja Ranjit Singh Armed Forces Institute, Mohali, and NCC cadets of senior division of Amritsar would also participate in the function.
Deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat said the project would cost around Rs. 106 crore.
“The tenders for the project have already been floated. Some post-Kargil war incidents are likely to be highlighted in the museum,” he said.
About 25,000 ex-servicemen expected to attend the mega event
Former Army chiefs Gen Shankar Rai Chaudhary, Gen Deepak Kapur and General JJ Singh; ex-navy chiefs Admiral Madhvender Singh and
Admiral VS Sekhawat, besides Air Force Marshal Arjan Singh likely to be in attendance.
In view of enhanced VIP movement on city roads, the administration has ordered closure of all government and private schools
The stone-laying ceremony would be held at Ranjit Avenue though the proposal to erect the war-memorial-cum-museum on 7 acres of land is near Naraingarh area
The memorial-cum-museum will feature details of wars and of soldiers who laid down their lives in the line of duty
Some post-Kargil war incidents are likely to be highlighted in the museum