Challenging the proposal of the redevelopment of Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, Mahatma Gandhi’s great-grandson, Tushar Gandhi has knocked the doors of Gujarat High Court and has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on Wednesday.
Tushar Gandhi, in his PIL, has claimed the proposed redevelopment project of Sabarmati Ashram to be “diametrically opposed” to the personal wishes and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Going ahead with the project would reduce the shrine and memorial of the freedom movement to a commercial tourist attraction spot, he further stated in PIL.
Flagged off by the Gujarat government, the Sabarmati Ashram project worth a whopping amount of Rs 1,200 crores will expand the overall size of the Ashram from the present 5 acres to 55 acres while restoring all the heritage buildings that were built in 1917.
However, the government had also said that the new ashram would not compromise the concepts of austerity, simplicity and authenticity – the values that Mahatma Gandhi preached.
Notably, a ‘Sevagram Sabarmati Sandesh Yatra’ was also started by Gandhian followers on October 17, to oppose the redevelopment project from Sevagram, Wardha in Maharashtra and reached Ahmedabad in Gujarat on October 26, after covering a total distance of 800 kms.