26/11 memorial in Thane awaits inauguration
After the Chhatrapati Shivaji memorial ran into controversy over casteist dimensions to the constitution of a panel, another memorial built in Thane in memory of 26/11 martyrs and policemen is awaiting inauguration.
The memorial in Wada area in Thane is looking forward to the formal dates and the confirmations as committee members of Shaheed Smarak Samiti, are busy completing preparations to get the opening the done before monsoon.
The memorial, which is the brain child of social worker Om Prakash Sharma, built in memory of the jawans and officers who lost their lives in various wars in the country as well as the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year, is likely to be dedicated to the nation by President Pratibha Patil, who has been invited by the committee members for the purpose.
Sharma told newsmen at the memorial site that instead of extending sympathy to the bereaved families, we wanted to dedicate something that would stand immemorial.
The Swami Vivekananda Education institution in the predominantly tribal Wada also provided its premises for setting up the memorial, which was completed in record 100 days by artisans coming from various parts of the country, he said.