India Gets A National War Memorial After 71 Years Of Independence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicates the National War Memorial to the nation.

The memorial is spread in over 40 acres around the India Gate, the complex commemorates sacrifices made by Indian soldiers since independence.

Names of 25,942 martyrs killed in wars in 1947–48, 1961 (Goa), 1962 (China), 1965, 1971, 1987 (Siachen), 1987-88 (Sri Lanka), 1999 (Kargil), and other operations such as Operation Rakshak, will be inscribed on the memorial walls.

National War Memorial under flood lights

The National War Memorial and the War Museum are connected by a subway. The construction of the war memorial costed about INR₹ 176 crore. The war memorial is constructed adjoining the Princess Park Area.

Chief Architect of the National War Memorial is Ar. Yogesh Chandrahasan of WeBe Design Lab, Chennai. WeBe Design Lab was chosen for the conceptualization of the architectural design and for coordinating the construction of the project.

A global design competition was conducted and the result was announced in early April 2017 and Chennai-based Architects, WeBe Design Lab’s proposal was declared the winner for the National War memorial.

National War Memorial overlooking the India Gate

The structure is built in form of four chakras, each signify different values for the armed forces.

The War Memorial was first proposed in 1960 but only in 2015, under the Narendra Modi administration the project rolled out.

The entry to the National War Memorial for general public to pay their respects is free of charge.

Updated 18:40 IST