Modi on two-day Gujarat visit from 27 Aug, to inaugurate memorial for 2001 earthquake victims

'Smriti Van' is a memorial built atop the Bhujio hill near Bhuj town of Kutch district as a tribute to more than 13,000 people who had died in the January 26, 2001, Gujarat earthquake

Press Trust of India August 23, 2022 22:29:57 IST
Modi on two-day Gujarat visit from 27 Aug, to inaugurate memorial for 2001 earthquake victims

File image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch a host of projects and inaugurate a memorial built for the victims of the 2001 Gujarat earthquake during his two-day visit to the state starting from 27 August, government officials said on Tuesday.

As per the tentative schedule shared by state government officials, Modi would begin his Gujarat visit by addressing an event on the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad on 27 August. Hundreds of weavers will weave 'charkha' or spinning wheel at the event.

On 28 August, the prime minister will travel to Kutch district where he is scheduled to either inaugurate or perform ground-breaking ceremonies for nearly a dozen projects, including Smruti Van, they said.

'' is a memorial built atop the Bhujio hill near Bhuj town of Kutch district as a tribute to more than 13,000 people who had died in the January 26, 2001, Gujarat earthquake. Many people from Kutch district, especially from Bhuj, were among those killed in the powerful earthquake.

The memorial-cum-museum was envisioned by Modi when he was chief minister of the state and now he will inaugurate it.

Later in the day, the prime minister would address a gathering at the Kutch University ground in Bhuj. From the same venue, he will launch a host of projects, including a new plant of Sarhad Dairy and four-laning of the Bhuj-Bhimsar highway, said the officials.

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