National War Memorial Takes Shape Six Decades After Being Conceived

Almost six decades after it was first envisaged, a new memorial to soldiers who laid down their lives for the country is quietly taking shape in Lutyens’ Delhi, behind nearly five-metre-high screens which cover two of the grounds in the C-Hexagon around India Gate.

The new memorial would come in the axis of India Gate and the canopy, or chhatri, in keeping with the concept of the central vista and would have several elements of Mughal architecture.

In keeping with the mandate provided ahead of a global design competition conducted in 2016, the memorial is being designed to ensure it does not affect the central vista at eye level. This is the reason why a lot of dug up earth can been seen around the site. A tunnel would also be constructed at a later stage from the memorial to the proposed National War Museum – due to come up at Princess Park off the India Gate roundabout by July 31, 2020.

While the plans for the memorial, which is expected to be completed ahead of Independence Day this year, have been cleared by the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, the Heritage Conservation Committee and the Central Vista Committee, the plans for the museum have not been approved so far. Read More…

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