Imagine you come to India Gate in New Delhi and you see there not just the Gate and the Canopy (Chhattri) in the middle of the C-Hexagon but also a state of the art structure of the National War Memorial around the Canopy and a War Museum just across the road connected by an under-bridge. This is going to be the scenario in the midst of the vast lawns of India gate in the next five years.
To honour the services of Indian Armed Forces and to commemorate the supreme sacrifices made by them in protecting the integrity and freedom of the nation, the Ministry of Defence, Government of India has sanctioned the construction of a National War Memorial and National War Museum at a cost of 500 crore rupees. Architects and Designers from India and all over the world have been invited for an International Design Competition to prepare the design of this commemorative National Memorial.
Although the India Gate constructed by the British between 1917 and 1921, contains the names of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting under the British Flag during the First World War and there are joint memorials around the world for the Second World War martyrs, there has been no war memorial for the soldiers who laid down their lives in the independent India. Post Independence, more than 22,500 soldiers have made the supreme sacrifice in national interests and in defence of the sovereignty and integrity of the country. In the absence of any such memorial, the eternal flame or Amar Jawan Jyoti established at India Gate after the 1971 Indo-Pak War, became the symbolic homage of the entire nation to our martyrs.
The National War Memorial will honour the memory of all soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation. It would combine architectural aesthetics and public sentiment, and serve as a place for people to show their respect for soldiers, for their extraordinary efforts to protect the nation.
The National War Museum will be an institution to collect, preserve, interpret and display military artefacts, portray significant events of our nation's wars and conflicts and related objects of historical importance for education and promoting patriotism. The selected site for this museum is Princess Park near India Gate. The War Memorial and the Museum will be joined by an underground tunnel to save visitors the trouble to cross the road and give them a unified experience of the two.
The International Design Competition for the Memorial and Global Architectural Competition for the Museum have been launched on MyGov.in portal. Both these global competitions are being conducted in two stages. In Stage 1, the competitors are required to submit their online entries for the National War Memorial by October 2, 2016 and for the National War Museum by October 15, 2016. The top nine entries short-listed from Stage 1 submissions will be eligible for prize of 2,000 US dollars each for the Memorial and 3,000 US dollars each for the Museum. These top nine entries thereafter will be eligible to participate in the Stage 2 of the contest, for which they will have to submit detailed designs, including 3D models and present their design plans before an eminent Panel of Jury.
The 1st prize for the National War Memorial competition is US$ 30,000 and for the National War Museum competition is US$ 75,000. The 2nd prize for the National War Memorial competition is US$ 25,000 and for the National War Museum is US$ 50,000. And the 3rd prize for the National War Memorial competition is US$ 20,000 and for the National War Museum is US$ 25,000.
The competitors can study the design brief and the associated documents provided at the links https://mygov.in/task/global-design-competition-national-war-memorial/ and https://mygov.in/task/global-architectural-competition-indian-national-war-museum/ and register themselves at the links. The queries regarding the competition will be answered by professional consultants, details of whom are available in the competition dossier.