Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a Bravery Memorial - 'Shaurya Smarak' - in Madhya Pradesh on 14 October in honour of those who laid their lives down for the country. The Bravery Memorial was constructed by the state government and under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's guidance.
Along with the then Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Deepak Kapoor, Shivraj Singh Chouhan laid the foundation stone of 'Shaurya Samarak' on 23 February 2010.An official of the Madhya Pradesh Public Relation Department today said, "Spread in an area of 12.67 acre land, the 'Shaurya Smarak' is constructed at a cost of Rs 41 crore."
Standing next to the Vidhan Sabha, the Bravery Memorial took eight years and more than Rs. 41 crores in the making. The unveiling of the Memorial comes at a time when the country is debating over the pros and cons of the surgical strikes across the country.
Along with PM Modi, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also has invited Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and the three Service chiefs for the event, said an official.
An official release recently claimed that "the memorial is the first-of-its-kind and unique Shourya Smarak in the country." According to the detailed plan, it will have light and sound facility to narrate stories of bravery of the nation's valiant soldiers, who have laid down their lives fighting enemies on the borders. The building of the memorial depicts life, war, death and the victory over death.
The names of the courageous martyrs from Madhya Pradesh have been carved over the glass plates.
The idea to set up the memorial was initiated by current Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha during a programme in Delhi in memory of late Colonel Ajay Narayan Mushran where Chouhan was also present along with top defence personnel. The memorial was designed by Mumbai-based architecture firm, UCJ Architecture and Environment.
--with agency inputs