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New war memorial soon: Arun Jaitley

Posted on Jul 26 2014 | IANS

New Delhi, July 26 : Defence Minister Arun Jaitley Saturday said the government would soon finalise a site for construction of a national war memorial.

Talking to reporters after paying homage to martyrs on the 15th Kargil Vijay Diwas, Jaitley said an appropriate decision will be taken soon.

"For the war memorial, where names of all those who sacrificed their lives for the country will be written, we feel it is required," Jaitley told reporters.

Jaitley said he would soon visit Princess Park locality near the India Gate complex with the chiefs of the three defence services to take a decision on the issue.

"We feel that at the very site (Princess Park), as it is a very large area or somewhere close in the vicinity, which is the best site available, it is being shortlisted. We will, in a day or two may be visit that site with the chiefs and take an appropriate decision," Jaitley said.

The minister said the memorial would be grand and with a war museum.

"It is a large piece of land and I think it is appropriate for the war museum, which is required by India. As soon as details are finalised, they will have to get sanctions from all the departments. I think, in principle, that is the arrangement. It will take some time before it is completed," he said.

Jaitley said that the government has earmarked Rs.100 crore for the construction for the war memorial and the war museum.

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