Foundation stone for Jaya memorial, museum laid

₹51-crore project is planned to be completed in a year

Updated - May 08, 2018 06:49 pm IST

Published - May 08, 2018 12:49 am IST - CHENNAI

An artist’s impression of the proposed memorial of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to be constructed in the Marina beach front on Kamarajar Salai in Chennai. The foundation stone for the memorial was laid by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam in Chennai on Monday.Photo: DIPR/Special Arrangement

An artist’s impression of the proposed memorial of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to be constructed in the Marina beach front on Kamarajar Salai in Chennai. The foundation stone for the memorial was laid by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam in Chennai on Monday.Photo: DIPR/Special Arrangement

The foundation stone for the construction of a memorial for former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was laid on the Marina beach front on Kamarajar Salai by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Monday.

The artist’s impression of the memorial released by the State government showed a monument at the centre flanked by a curvilinear-shaped knowledge park and a museum. Party sources said the monument would resemble a phoenix.

To be built at a cost of ₹50.8 crore, the proposed memorial would be bigger than those of former CMs C.N. Annadurai and M.G. Ramachandran located adjacent to the site.

Hundreds of cadre, party functionaries, Ministers, MPs and MLAs attended the foundation-laying ceremony, which started with a ‘yaagam’ at 6 a.m.

Speaking to reporters after the event, Mr. Palaniswami said, “A sum of ₹50.8 crore has been earmarked for the project. Tenders have been floated and the memorial will be constructed within a year.”

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