The union cabinet on Wednesday approved construction of a ‘National War Memorial’ and a ‘National War Museum’in New Delhi in the memory of soldiers who sacrificed their lives while fighting wars for post-independent India.
With an estimated cost of around Rs.500 crore, the project at Princess Park near India Gate was scheduled to be completed in five years, an official statement said after the cabinet meeting, chaired by prime minister Narendra Modi, took the decision in this regard.
“Post-independence, more than 22,500 soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice in national interests and in the defence of the sovereignty and integrity of the country. However, even after 69 years of Independence, no memorial to commemorate the martyrs has been constructed till date,” the statement said.
With this approval, a long-pending demand of the armed forces has been addressed, it added.
Post-commissioning, a management body will be formed for the maintenance of the National War Memorial and Museum, the statement said.
The project will be monitored by a committee chaired by the defence secretary to ensure its timely completion.