Police memorial gets a resting place

The globe, which was taken down from Chanakyapuri site, will be kept at a CRPF storeroom in Noida.

The huge dismantled globe that once stood tall in memory of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, who died fighting the Chinese army in 1959, has finally found a resting place.

The globe — imported from Japan and perched on four 150-foot steel columns in Chanakyapuri to mark the Police Commemoration Day in memory of the martyrs — will be kept at a storeroom of the CRPF's complex in Noida.

The globe taken down from its perch and the steel structure was dismantled after the Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC) and the Intelligence Bureau objected, saying it obstructed the view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan from Shanti Path.

The globe was then sent to the office of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) in Ghitorni, South Delhi. After consultation with the Union Home Ministry, it has now been shifted to the CRPF's centre in Noida.

"It will not be put on display in our Noida campus. Until we decide what is to be done with the globe, it will be placed in one of our storerooms. We will decide later what to do with it," a senior CRPF officer said.

"We have floated a tender to transport the structure from Ghitorni to Noida. For the time being we have been made the custodian of the dismantled globe," the officer said.

Approximately Rs 13 crore was spent on the memorial to mark Police Commemoration Day (October 21). A year after the project was cleared by then Union Home Minister L K Advani, activists moved the Delhi High Court and work was stayed in July 2004.

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has now proposed to construct a more aesthetic memorial to honour the nation's policemen who died in action.

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