The design highlight of the memorial, named ‘Wall of Tears’, is angular walls with the names of all the massacre victims engraved on them. To symbolize the pain of their dear ones, an ‘Obelisk of Compassion’ will be built in the centre. At night, a 1,000-foot-high laser beam will rise from a fountain pool symbolizing the heavenward journey of souls. DSGMC president Manjeet Singh GK said, “This space will not be open to any political speeches”.
“People will be able to sit on steps around the central fountain where a sculpture with extended arms will signify brotherhood and the message of victory of love over hatred,” Renu Khanna, the project architect, told TOI. She said the memorial will be completed in about one-and-a-half years.
Sources said the memorial wall will bear the words “When a big tree falls, the earth trembles” without attribution. However, SAD(B) has all along cited this remark by former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as proof of Congress party’s role in the killings.
The foundation laying ceremony in June last year had run into controversy when the Congress-backed Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) opposed the choice of venue for the memorial. New Delhi Municipal Council had then issued a notice making it clear that alterations and new construction can only take place with prior permission. However, by insisting that it is merely landscaping the grounds, DSGMC has sidestepped the issue of seeking permissions.