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India International Centre soon in Chandigarh

Chandigarh, Jul 3 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Wednesday joined Governor and Chandigarh administrator V P Singh Badnore in giving in-principle approval for the establishment of India International Centre (IIC) at the existing site of the Beant Singh memorial and the Chandigarh Centre of Performing and Visual Arts in Sector 42 here.
Capt Amarinder said that his government and the family of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, who had been martyred in a car bombing in 1995, had no objection to the proposed centre as long as the sanctity of the memorial was maintained at all costs.
The proposed centre, to be developed on the lines of Delhi’s IIC, will be christened as Sardar Beant Singh India International Centre. The cost of the project would be equally shared by the Punjab government and the Chandigarh Administration.
The decision was taken during a meeting of the Beant Singh Memorial Society and the Chandigarh Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, which the Governor and the Chief Minister attended along with other representatives from both Punjab and Chandigarh.
The Governor suggested that the proposed centre will be independent of the government/administration of both Punjab and Chandigarh, and said that a membership drive would soon be started for the same.
The Chandigarh India International Centre, proposed to be developed adjacent to the Beant Singh memorial, will encompass the Media Centre, whose structure is ready, and the existing library and the conference halls. The Media Centre building will be renamed and will house a restaurant and cafeteria besides a convention centre, as part of the proposed memorial cum international centre.
The decision to set up a live memorial was taken way back in 1996, just months after the assassination of Beant Singh.
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