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Gujarat: PM Narendra Modi inaugurated Smriti Van memorial in Kutch, park dedicated to earthquake victims

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Gujarat. PM Modi arrived at Bhuj airport on Sunday morning. PM Modi inaugurates 'Smriti Van' memorial at Bhuj in Kutch district on second day of Gujarat tour.

By Priyanka Verma 
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Gujarat: PM Modi arrived at Bhuj airport on Sunday morning. Today is the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Gujarat. PM Modi inaugurates ‘Smriti Van’ memorial at Bhuj in Kutch district on second day of Gujarat tour. This memory forest monument has been constructed in memory of the people killed in the destructive earthquake of 2001 and have been aimed at salute the passengers of the people who have overcome this tragedy. PM Modi visited ‘Memory One’-2001 earthquake memorial and museum in Bhuj with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel. Prior to the inauguration of the memory forest, PM Modi mentioned the journey from the destruction of Kutch on Twitter and said that some people thought that Kutch would never be able to develop. Such people have underestimated Kutch.

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PM Modi tweeted and wrote, ‘Some people had written off Kutch. He had said that Kutch would never rise. These people had underestimated the spirit of Kutch. Within no time, Kutch re-emerged and it has become one of the fastest growing districts. This monument reflects the spirit of the people to recover from this tragedy after the 2001 earthquake that killed 13,000 people. The epicenter of this earthquake was in Bhuj. The names of those people who died due to the earthquake are inscribed on this monument. It also has an advance ‘Smriti One Earthquake Museum’.

The museum showcases the state of Gujarat after the 2001 earthquake, its reconstruction initiatives and success stories. It gives information about different types of disasters and future preparedness for any disaster. There is a 5D simulator in the museum, with the help of which the situation during this earthquake can be felt. Apart from this, another block has been made to pay tribute to the dead.

At the same time, PM Modi did a road show in Bhuj today. Assembly elections are due in Gujarat later this year. Thousands of people from Bhuj and surrounding areas gathered on both sides of the road to greet Modi. Modi greeted the people by shaking hands during the three-km-long roadshow from Hill Garden Circle to District Industries Centre.

Earlier on Saturday evening, PM Modi inaugurated the pedestrian ‘Atal Bridge’ over the Sabarmati river in Ahmedabad. It is built between Ellis Bridge and Sardar Bridge. 2,600 metric tons of steel pipes have been used in its construction. This bridge with attractive design and LED lighting is about 300 meters long and 14 meters wide in the middle. Apart from pedestrians, cyclists can also use this bridge to cross the river while avoiding traffic.

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