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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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Indian soldiers in Batalik during the Kargil War. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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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The meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping, and the Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and other senior officials

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the River Ganga rejuvenation should be an example of cooperative federalism and it has been a long-pending challenge.

The Prime Minister made this observation at the first meeting of the National Ganga Council in Kanpur, UP, on Saturday. The meeting was aimed at reinforcing the importance of a Ganga-centric approach in all departments of the states concerned as well as relevant central ministries.

He also asked for formation of a digital dashboard where data from villages and urban bodies would be monitored on a daily basis by the Niti Ayog and the Ministry of Jal Shakti. All districts bordering Ganga should be made a focus area for monitoring efforts under the Namami Gange project, he said.

Modi said a lot had been accomplished since the government took up ‘Namami Gange’ in 2014 as a comprehensive initiative, integrating various government efforts and activities, with the aim of reducing pollution, and conservation and rejuvenation of Ganga.

Notable achievements had been zero waste creation by paper mills and reduction in pollution from tanneries, he said and added, but a lot was required to be done.

River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river.
River Ganga is one of the holiest, yet the most polluted river. Wikimedia Commons

The Prime Minister emphasised that improvement would require full cooperation from the public at large and greater awareness through dissemination of best practices from cities situated along the banks of national rivers.

“For the first time, the central government has made a commitment of Rs 20,000 crore for 2015-20 to the five states through which Ganga passes, to ensure adequate as well as uninterrupted water flow. Rs 7,700 crore has been spent, prominently for construction of new sewage treatment plants,” said a government statement.

Prime Minister also urged for a holistic thinking process where ‘Namami Gange’ would evolved into ‘Arth Ganga’ or a sustainable development model with a focus on economic activities related to Ganga.

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“As part of this process, farmers should be encouraged to engage in sustainable agriculture practices, including zero budget farming, planting of fruit trees and building plant nurseries along the banks of Ganga. Priority could be given to women self-help groups and ex-servicemen organisations for these programmes,” it added.

The meeting discussed tapping the hybrid tourism potential of the river basin area for religious and adventure tourism. “The income generated from encouraging eco-tourism and Ganga wildlife conservation and cruise tourism would help generate sustainable income streams for cleaning of Ganga,” the government said.

The meeting was attended by Union Ministers for Jal Shakti, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development, Health, Urban Affairs, Power, Tourism, Shipping, and the Chief Ministers of UP and Uttarakhand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar, the Vice-Chairman of the Niti Aayog and other senior officials. (IANS)