No 26/11 memorial at park near Gateway

Aug 16, 2013, 01:07 IST | Sujit Mahamulkar

Civic body turned down Shiv Sena's proposal of building a Shahid Stambh at the garden opposite Gateway of India, as it is a recreational ground

The Shiv Sena’s demand of building a Shahid Stambh -- a memorial for the martyrs of the 26/11 attacks -- has been denied by the civic body, as the proposed site is a recreational ground.

Tribute to the fallen: Two years after the 2008 attacks, a bust of slain Tukaram Ombale was inaugurated at Girgaum Chowpatty. File pic

Rahul Shewale, the chairman of the civic body’s standing committee, had written to the senior BMC authorities in December 2008 following the attacks, asking that a Shahid Stambh be built at the garden situated near Gateway of India in order to pay tribute to those who had sacrificed their lives during the terror attacks.

“We had suggested that a monument be built so that the future generations know of the sacrifice that police officials and the National Security Guards commandos made,” said Shewale, adding that the civic administration should consider this appeal as a special case.

However, the BMC has denied permission, as the area where the monument was to be built is a recreational ground.

An official from the Development Planning department said that as per the government resolution (GR) number, TPB/4399/CR 22/2000/UD/11 dated April 7, 2008 no Shahid Stambh could be permitted on a recreation and play ground. “The land on which Shewale demanded that the memorial be built is reserved for recreation.”  

Number of people who died during the 26/11 terror attacks

Ombale memorial
While the BMC has turned down the Shahid Stambh, the bust of slain assistant sub-inspector, Gamdevi police station, Tukaram Ombale stands tall at Girgaum Chowpatty. Ombale played a pivotal role in apprehending Mohammed Ajmal Amir Qasab at the cost of his life.

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