The flame of Chhattisgarh Amar Jawan Jyoti will continue to lit in honor of the brave soldiers of Chhattisgarh and the country
Raipur:Chhattisgarh Amar Jawan Jyoti will be constructed in the state capital Raipur in honour of the martyrs, said Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel. It will come up on the premises of the 4thBattalion, Chhattisgarh Armed Forces, Mana, Raipur and bhumipujan of which will be performed by former AICC president Rahul Gandhi on February 3.
The Chief Minister said that in the year 1972, the first female Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi lit the Amar Jawan Jyotiin New Delhi in honour of the martyred brave soldiers of the country. However, the central government has merged the AmarJawan Jyoti flame with the one at the National War Memorial. The eternal flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate was visible to the visitors and instilled in them a sense of pride and gratitude towards the martyrs of the country, said the chief minister.
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Expressing his dissatisfaction over the centre’s move of shifting Amar Jawan Jyoti, Baghel said that it had hurt his sentiments, but now the flame of Chhattisgarh Amar Jawan Jyoti will be lit in the honour of the martyrs in Raipur as well.
“We will honor the martyrdom of the sons of Chhattisgarh who sacrificed their lives for the country by joining uniformed services, as well as the bravehearts of the country who sacrificed their lives in Chhattisgarh through ‘Chhattisgarh Amar JawanJyoti‘,” the Chief Minister said.
A wall with names of Martyrs, memorial tower and VVIP platform will also be set up at Amar Jawan Jyoti in Chhattisgarh. The wall will be constructed with brown marble with the names of Martyrs engraved on the same. This crescent shaped wall will be about 25 feet high having a length of about 100 feet, and the thickness of this wall will be 3 feet. The memorial tower will be set up of sandstone, brown white marble granite in front of a crescent-shaped wall. A memento will be made on its top. Rifle and helmet will be in the form of insignia on the base in front of the memorial tower. The flame of Chhattisgarh Amar JawanJyoti will be lit in front of this symbol which will be ignited 24 hours by fuel supply through underground pipelines.
A fort-like two-storey building will be constructed just in front of the memorial tower, the length of the base of which will be 150 feet and the width will be 90 feet. The height of this building will be 40 feet. A picture exhibition of martyrs will be kept on the first floor of this building and an arms exhibition will be kept on the second floor. Well equipped Mess and residential rooms will be constructed in this unit for the stay of the families of the martyrs attending the State Level Police Commemoration Day to be organized every year on 21st October.
The Chief Minister has expressed hope that soon Chhattisgarh Amar Jawan Jyoti will be established as a place of pride for the country.