Work restarts on Udham Singh memorial, museum in offing too - ECAS Punjab

Work restarts on Udham Singh memorial, museum in offing too

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 26

Though the outbreak of Covid-19 delayed the construction of a memorial of martyr Udham Singh in Sunam town of the district, the work has restarted now. The state government has also decided to construct a museum to showcase the articles of the martyr. A team of senior officials visited the under-construction memorial on Friday.

"Earlier, there was a plan to construct an open-air theatre at the backside of the memorial, but due to the presence of an industrial unit, it's not feasible. We have decided to construct a museum in place of the theatre to showcase the articles of Udham Singh," said Husan Lal, Principal Secretary, Department of Cultural Affairs, Archives, Archeology and Museums.

"We have released Rs 1 crore for the construction. The remaining Rs 1.62 crore will be released after the completion of the work in the coming three months. I have directed the chief architect to prepare a blueprint of the museum," Lal said.

Residents have been demanding the construction of the memorial for the past 10 years. They sent requests to the state authorities and protested many times too. On December 25, 2016, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal laid the foundation stone of the memorial, while on July 31, 2018, the government announced that it had sanctioned Rs 2.62 crore for the purpose.



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