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International Design Competition for National War Memorial likely to be conducted in 2 phases in New Delhi

The top nine entries shortlisted from Stage 1 submissions will be eligible for the prize of $2,000 each for the memorial and $3,000 each for the museum

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New Delhi, August 31, 2016: The International Design Competition for the national war memorial and museum announced on India’s 70th Independence Day on August 15 will be conducted in two stages, the Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

In Stage 1, the competitors are required to submit their online entries for the National War Memorial by October 2, 2016 and for the National War Museum by October 15, 2016, the ministry said in a statement here.

The top nine entries shortlisted from Stage 1 submissions will be eligible for the prize of $2,000 each for the memorial and $3,000 each for the museum.

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These top nine entries thereafter will be eligible to participate in the Stage 2 of the contest, for which they will have to submit detailed designs, including 3D models and present their design plan before an eminent panel of jury.

“The National War Memorial will honour the memory of all soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. It would combine architectural aesthetics and public sentiment, and serve as a place for people to show their respect for soldiers, for their extraordinary efforts to protect the nation,” the statement said.

The selected site is located in the heart of New Delhi, within the C-Hexagon, close to India Gate.

“The National War Museum will be an institution to collect, preserve, interpret and display military artefacts, portray significant events of our nation’s wars and conflicts and related objects of historical importance for education and promoting patriotism,” the statement added.

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The selected site for the museum is Princess Park near India Gate.

The first prize for the National War Memorial competition is $30,000 and for the National War Museum competition is $75,000.

The second prize for the National War Memorial competition is $25,000 and for the National War Museum competition is $50,000, and the third prize for the National War Memorial competition is $20,000 and for the National War Museum competition is $25,000.

The International Design Competition for the Memorial and Global Architectural Competition for the Museum was announced on 15 August 2016 on MyGov.in portal. (IANS)

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