Mysore, June 27 (KK&KMC)- The long-awaited National War Memorial — a tribute to all those soldiers who made the supreme sacrifice — is soon to be constructed in city, thanks to the initiatives of some ex-servicemen residing here. The decision to construct the Memorial on a 60x60 plot of land near the DC’s office was taken up by the War Memorial Committee, newly-constituted by the Dy. Commissioner, of which Maj. Gen. (Rtd.) C.K. Karumbaya is the Chairman.

The Committee held a meeting at Sqn. Leader A.B. Devaiah Bhavan in city last evening, during which a modernistic design, in conformation with the heritage value and aesthetics of the city, was discussed. The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 5 crore, to be borne by the Army, Air Force, National Cadet Corps (NCC) and State Govt.

"The said land for the project, which was originally a parade ground for the British Army Garrrison in Mysore, has not been notified as a public park and does not come under restrictions imposed by the Karnataka Act on prohibiting construction activities in public parks," said Karumbaya and added that no trees in the vicinity will be felled.

"Steps will be taken to enhance the beauty and sanctity of the area around the proposed monument by developing a garden around it and making it accessible to the public," he said.

The project’s design and other details will be prepared and submitted to the State government for its approval, said Karumbaya and added that the work would commence in Dec. 2010. The Committee members later inspected the spot and discussed plans for the construction. The next meeting of the Committee will be held on July 2.

Committee Vice-Chairman Capt. Narasimha Sharman, Lt. Col. Vijay Kumar, CAVA Dean V.A. Deshpande, University School of Design Director Prof. K. Daroga, Bhagya Ajay Kumar, Sainik Welfare Dy. Director Maj. Vishwa-nath, NCC Gp. Commander, representatives of revenue / horticultural departments were present.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore