Dharamsala war museum awaits completion

Lalit Mohan

Tribune News Service

Dharamsala, August 17

The war museum project, brought up in Dharamsala during the stint of the previous Congress government, is yet to be completed though more than Rs 14 crore has been spent on it.

Kangra DC hopes Work will begin soon

  • The Himachal Pradesh Electronic Development Corporation allotted the tender for the top floor of the museum to a Gurgaon company
  • The company had finalised the design to which ex-servicemen of the region had some reservations. Now, the issue has been sorted out
  • The final proposal has been sent to the corporation. The work will be started soon and the top floor will be opened within a month

Kangra DC Nipun Jindal admitted that there had been an inordinate delay in the opening of the museum. Recently, the Himachal Pradesh Electronic Development Corporation had allotted the tender for the completion of the top floor of the museum to a Gurgaon company. The company had finalised the design to which ex-servicemen of the region had some reservations. Now, the issue had been sorted out and the final proposal sent to the corporation. He hoped that the work would be started soon and the top floor would be thrown open to the public within a month, he said.

The DC said he was reviewing the progress of the project on a weekly basis.

Sources said the process to recruit the staff, including a curator, a gardener and clerks, for running the museum had also been started. However, who would pay for the staff and maintenance of the museum was still unclear. The DC said the matter was under the consideration of the government.

At present, only the first floor of the museum has been furnished with busts of war heroes from Himachal Pradesh and Kangra district and models of gallantry medals like the Victoria Cross that was awarded during the British rule, Param Vir Chakra, Vir Chakra and other gallantry awards. The first floor of the museum also has the photos of the gallantry award winners from the state.

There are 60,000 ex-servicemen and an equal number of servicemen in Kangra district in the armed forces, the highest from any district in the country. The state has about 1,20,000 servicemen and an equal number of ex-servicemen in the forces. As many as 54 articles donated by the Army, including a tank, HP-32 aircraft and rifles, are to be displayed in the museum.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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