Vajpayee memorial in tourism booklet urged

NEW DELHI: North Delhi Mayor Adesh Gupta has said he has urged the Delhi government to include ‘Sadaiv Atal’ – a memorial to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee – in the tourism information booklet.

Gupta said he has written to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in this connection.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last December 25 dedicated the memorial to the nation on Vajpayee’s 94th birth anniversary.

The former statesman’s memorial has been built near the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where his mortal remains were consigned to flames on August 17.

Vajpayee passed away in Delhi on August 16 after a prolonged illness. He was cremated with full state honors.

“I have urged the Delhi government to include this place in the literature published for tourists,” Gupta said. “We also requested that ‘Sadaiv Atal’ be included in the list of places that tourists visit as part of HoHo (hop on-hop off) bus service,” he said.

The memorial will be managed by a trust headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Spread over 1.5 acres of land, the memorial was constructed by the Central Public Works Department at a cost of Rs 10.51 crore. PTI

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