Saturday, July 31, 2010

War memorial is shaping up steadily

War memorial is shaping up steadily

Bangalore: The Indira Gandhi musical fountain park premises on Raj Bhavan Road is abuzz. If all goes well as promised by the government, the National Military Memorial (NMM) should be ready in a year’s time.
BDA commissioner Bharat Lal Meena said work resumed on the site soon after CM B S Yeddyurappa’s announcement in the legislative council on July 16. Meena hoped this longstanding project would be completed by December 12 this year — a day which also marks Vijay Divas.
“We are following the same work plan as decided earlier. However, keeping in mind environmental concerns, we’ll be focussing on minimum construction work. There’ll be no unnecessary tree-cutting exercise,” Meena said.
Had the agency received any written communication from the government to continue work? “No. But the chief minister has made his decision very clear in the announcement. So, we have no reasons to halt work, considering there’s no change in plan.”
Krishna Apartment Association members are determined to fight on against building the memorial at this park. “Work continues but we’ll continue with our protest too. We aren’t against the NMM but the park must not be destroyed,” said Abhay Jain, a member.
“The case was scheduled to come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on July 26. But it has been put off for another month as notices have to be issued to two more parties in the case — state chief secretary and BDA commissioner,” Sudhir Pai, association secretary told TOI.


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