Capt Vikram Batra's statue in bad shape

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, July 26

On the 22nd Kargil Vijay Diwas, tributes were paid to the brave soldiers of Palampur, who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

In the Kargil War, the state had the highest casualties of 52. Capt Vikram Batra, Major Sudheer Walia and Captain Saurabh Kalia sacrificed their lives.

Unfortunately, the projects named after the Kargil war heroes have been left mid-way. The reasons cited by officials are financial constraints and red tape.

Despite repeated requests, successive governments have not completed the projects. The roads, schools, colleges being set up in the memories of the martyrs are awaiting completion for the past 20 years.

The statue of Captain Vikram Batra installed near the PWD rest house is in a bad shape. The Tribune has highlighted the issue in these columns. In fact, the government has no funds to repair and replace the statue.

The road leading to the house of martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia, too, is in a bad shape. The government has not repaired the stretch.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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