Beant memorial in Chandigarh still a work in progress
Even as the work on the memorial in Sector 42 for former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, who was assassinated by terrorists in 1995, began in 1999, but the project still remains a work in progress due to shortage of funds.punjab Updated: Aug 31, 2016 13:20 IST
Even as the work on the memorial in Sector 42 for former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, who was assassinated by terrorists in 1995, began in 1999, but the project still remains a work in progress due to shortage of funds.
Punjab will mark on Wednesday the 21st death anniversary of the former CM, who was killed in a bomb blast at the secretariat complex in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.
And what has come up so far is just a library, a samadhi and an open-air theatre. A multi-faith (sarvdharam) centre, a cafeteria, an exhibition-and multi-purpose hall, a media centre and a convention centre are yet to come up.
The memorial was planned on 14 acres of land. The project is a joint venture of the Punjab government and the Chandigarh administration and is managed by the Beant Singh Memorial Society which comprises officials of both as members.
The library, set up by the memorial society and the Chandigarh Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, has nearly 9,000 members. It has print and digital books. The media centre is under construction for the past several years.
In April this year, a local court had frozen the bank account of the memorial society for recovery of a builder’s dues amounting to Rs 2 crore pending since 2002. UT home secretary Anurag Aggarwal said, “The project got delayed as the Punjab government failed to make the payments, since it is a joint venture. We have been holding regular meetings with the Beant Singh Memorial chairman, the Punjab governor, on the issue. We hope the work on the project will start again.”
Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Congress MLA from Khanna and grandson of late Beant Singh said, “It is unfortunate that the project is hanging fire for the past 17 years. Despite our several representations to Punjab chief minister in the last 10 years, the government has not released even a penny. We feel sad that the memorial for a person who fought against militancy much to the relief of Punjab is still incomplete due to the indifferent attitude of the Punjab government.”