Holding festive season responsible for the delay, Dr Rao said that all workers visit their villages from Dussehra to Diwali. “The work got delayed as no alternate labour was available,” Dr Rao said. Given the delay, Dr Rao said that his Rezang La Shahidi Samaroh Samiti was forced to extend the deadline, first till November 25 and later December 16.
The dragging of work on the memorial has created mess around Palam Vihar roundabout, and during peak office hours during morning and evening, it leads to massive traffic jams. Not only that – the whole road around the memorial is filled with small stones, which could even lead to accidents. "These stones are very dangerous; it is very risky driving bike on this road. I almost slipped couple of times while driving to office," said Sanjeev Saini.
Adding to the menace is the dust that refuses to settle down. “Not only does it cause suffocation and respiratory problems, it could even lead to accidents as it decreases the visibility,” Shuchi Jain, who stays nearby said.
The memorial's founding stone was laid on September 16 last year in order to pay tributes to all those soldiers from 13 Kumaon Regiment, who died in Indo-China War on November 18 1962. India lost the war but those soldiers won the heart of the country by fighting the enemy in small numbers for many days but eventually lost the war at Rezang La pass, 13 miles from the Chashul air field.