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Ministry seeks new war memorial

None | ByAruna P Sharma, New Delhi
Dec 05, 2006 12:58 PM IST

Eighty-five years after the Duke of Connaught laid the foundation stone for India Gate, there is talk of a new war memorial being erected nearby, reports Aruna P Sharma.

Eighty-five years after the Duke of Connaught laid the foundation stone for India Gate, there is talk of a new war memorial being erected nearby. If it comes up, the India Gate grounds will never look the same again.

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The proposal — to construct what will be the first national war memorial by the government — is 40 years old. Now, the Defence Ministry is pushing ahead with it and controversy has followed.

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According to the plan, the memorial will be built behind the canopy or chhatri. There will be a lawn on a raised platform as high as the canopy’s plinth.

On the inside will be a wall inscribed with the names of all the soldiers who died fighting after 1947.

But the Heritage Committee and the Central Vista Committee — in charge of development in the area between Vijay Chowk and India Gate — have objected to the plan. The panels, under the Ministry of Urban Development, maintain it is a heritage area and should not be tampered with.

Balbir Verma of the Central Vista Committee said all the members disapproved of the idea at a recent meeting. The Heritage Committee at a meeting on October 16 also said the wall would obstruct the view of India Gate.

But the plan was far from abandoned, confirmed SM Acharya, additional secretary, urban development ministry.

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