New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated Smriti Van memorial in the Kutch district of Gujarat. The Smriti Van memorial is built to celebrate the resilience shown by the people during the devastating 2001 earthquake.
PM Modi held a roadshow in Bhuj town of Kutch district on the second day of his visit to the state. The Assembly elections are due in Gujarat later this year.
PM Modi will also inaugurate a new automatic milk processing and packing plant of Sarhad Dairy, a Regional Science Centre at Bhuj, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention Centre at Gandhidham, Veer Bal Smarak at Anjar, and Bhuj 2 substation at Nakhatrana.
PM Modi said Smriti Van is a tribute to the lost lives and the remarkable fighting spirit of the people of Kutch. The memorial has been built over nearly 470 acres to celebrate the spirit of resilience, following the death of 13,000 people during the 2001 earthquake which had its epicentre in Bhuj.
The memorial carries names of the people, who lost their lives during the earthquake. It also has a state-of-the-art Smriti Van Earthquake Museum.
The museum showcases Gujarat’s topography, rebuilding initiatives and success stories after the 2001 earthquake, and informs about different kinds of disasters and future readiness for any type of disaster.
The first section presents pictures of the deceased and memories of the past. After that, in the destruction section, the memorials of the dead children and their replicas are presented showing the debris. After that, It also has a block to relive the experience of an earthquake with the help of a 5D simulator and another block for people to pay homage to the lost souls.
Apart from that, the process of earthquake occurrence, scientific reasons and other necessary details have been included in the section. In the concluding gallery, visitors are asked questions about their earthquake experiences.
During January 26, 2001, earthquake in Gujarat, 185 school children and 20 teachers were buried under the rubble of nearby buildings while attending a rally in Anjar town of Kutch.
The tragedy of this incident was noticed all over the world. The then Gujarat CM Narendra Modi announced the construction of a memorial in memory of these children. Now, this memorial is ready outside Anjar city.
The construction of this memorial has been completed. 100 family members of the deceased were present during the inauguration. The Children’s Museum is spread over five sections. This museum dedicated to deceased children is under construction in five sections.
For giving tributes, the names of children have been put up in a memorial erected outside the Prakashpunj museum. Here the names of the innocent children and teachers who were victims are written on the wall along with their pictures.
A powerful “Prakashpunj” has been built here to pay tribute to them, the light emanating from which will be visible throughout the city of Anjar.
(With ANI, PTI Inputs)