Home minister KJ George recently announced in the assembly that the long-awaited inauguration of the National Military Memorial (NMM) in the city would take place in October. However, the question is: Will it meet the deadline at least this time?
Having missed five deadlines in the past two years, the inauguration of the NMM has been a journey riddled with roadblocks. This time around too the delay seems imminent as the contractor, Nabros Transport Private Limited, entrusted with the responsibility of transporting the 550-tonne monolithic stone pillar (Veeragallu) from a village near Devenahalli to the NMM, is yet to get the approval of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
“It is not an easy task. It needs tremendous effort and coordination with traffic police, besides getting permission from the NHAI. The contractor applied for NHAI’s nod recently,’’ said Manjunath Prasad, assistant engineer, Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).
He added that the contractor who agreed to transport the monolithic stone for Rs5.46 crore has to arrange a crane and a 24-axle truck to transport it to the NMM.
Meanwhile, a recently formed group of volunteers, Friends of NMM, offered to take up voluntary work at the NMM. “We have requested the forest department to make arrangements for transplanting about 200 eucalyptus trees at the NMM, in order to facilitate space for planting rare species, including organic and fragrant flower saplings in its place,’’ said a member of the National Military Memorial Committee.
Employees of Shiva Engineering Works were busy on Saturday, planning for the installation of a missile replica at the NMM.
“A truck carrying the 12-tonne and 22-metre long missile replica has already reached Odisha from Kolkata. It is expected to reach the NMM in four to six days and will cost the NMM about Rs1.7 crore,’’ said Kedar Roy of Shiva Engineering Works.