Panaji, September 11: "The foundation stone for a memorial dedicated to Goa chief minister late Manohar Parrikar would be laid on December 13", said Goa CM Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday informing about the 'Manohar Parrikar Vigyan Mohotsav 2019'.
Parrikar, who also served as the country's defence minister, died on March 17 this year at the age of 63. "The foundation stone for the 'smriti sthal' in the name of Parrikar would be laid at the Miramar beach here on December 13, the late BJP leader's birth anniversary", Sawant added.
After Parrikar's death, his final rites were also performed at the Miramar beach located in the state capital. Sawant chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to finalise the architect and design for the memorial. He said the design of the Mumbai based firm UCJ Architecture and Environment was selected for the memorial.
"The Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) will be executing the memorial's work. While the state government is yet to make public details of the proposed memorial project, it will showcase the life of Parrikar", Sawant added.
A memorial dedicated to Goa's first chief minister late Dayanand Bandodkar is already set up at the Miramar beach. Parrikar, who enjoyed a man next door image in the politically volatile Goa, served four times as chief minister of the coastal state and had a three year stint as defence minister in the previous Narendra Modi led cabinet.
He returned to Goa in March 2017 and managed to woo regional outfits like the Goa Forward Party and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party to support him to form the state government.