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Pick local players for war memorial: architects to PM

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, August 02, 2014
First Published: 20:10 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 20:12 IST(2/8/2014)

The Indian Institute of Architects (IIA), Ludhiana Centre, has shot off a letter to Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi asking him to hire Indian architects for construction of 'Grand National War Museum' that would reportedly come up at New Delhi.

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The letter was sent after reports that the PM was interested in bringing in foreign players for construction of the project to give it an international outlook.

“Indian Architects have highest potential in the world and many of them are designing buildings not only in India but in many other countries,” stated the letter written by Sanjay Goel, chairman of the institute.

“As India is second largest populated country in the world and already has more than 60,000 qualified architects, including many of international fame, the idea to look for architects from abroad for construction of a war memorial sounds very surprising to us,” the letter stated.

It further added, “We think that the memorial must be designed by any leading Indian architect only after an open competition among them and this would be a true respect to the nation as well as the war memorial”.

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