Memorial misses deadline again

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Work is now slated for completion by October in Bangalore

The National War Memorial, dedicated to soldiers who laid down their lives for the nation, has failed to meet the fifth deadline even as it was expected to be ready by the 14th Kargil Vijay Diwas. Spread over 7.5 acres, the memorial is being constructed adjacent to Indira Gandhi Musical Fountain Park in the heart of Bangalore and boasts of several unique features. Almost all work has been completed, except installation of a monolithic 60-feet stone pillar on which the names of those who died for the country are being engraved.

Karnataka Home Minister K J George had informed the Legislative Council last week that the memorial would be the second of its kind after ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ in New Delhi and that work is slated for completion in October.

“One stone we have ordered that is about 60 feet high. I think by October they (an Ahmedabad—based agency) have promised to deliver it,” he said.

Busts of heroes from Karnataka ranging from,among others, Field Marshal K M Cariappa to Maj Sandeep Unnikrishnan, will be displayed.PTI



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