PM Modi To Inaugurate ‘Veer Balak Smarak’ Dedicated To 2001 Earthquake Victims In Bhuj

| Updated: August 28, 2022 8:14 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will e-inaugurate the Smriti Van Memorial, which was built as a homage to the teachers and students who expired in the Gujarat earthquake of 2001 on the outskirts of Anjar town in the Kutch state.

On his second day of Gujarat visit, PM Modi will participate in a variety of events and launch or lay the cornerstone for numerous construction projects.

Prime Minister will speak at a gathering in the Kutch district’s Bhuj town on August 28. According to a state government announcement, he would essentially perform ground-breaking ceremonies for close to 10 projects in the area from the same location.

Veer Balak Smarak Inauguration

One of these projects will be the inauguration of “Veer Balak Smarak”, a memorial built near Anjar town as a tribute to 185 schoolchildren and 20 teachers who were killed during a Republic Day parade on January 26, 2001, when a powerful earthquake, with its epicentre in Bhuj, hit parts of the state.

When they were passing through a lane as part of the parade, debris from buildings and walls fell on them due to the strong tremble. Around 100 relatives of these children and teachers have been invited to the function.

A museum with five sections that include images of the victims, items used by the kids when they were alive, a simulator that lets people experience an earthquake, and a section that informs people about the scientific elements of earthquakes is also part of the monument.

On a wall of the memorial are written the names and pictures of every school employee and student who passed away.

The state administration reports that the earthquake caused over 13,000 fatalities throughout the state.

Suzuki Programme

The Prime Minister will speak at a ceremony in Gandhinagar at around 5:00 PM to celebrate Suzuki’s 40 years in India.

The Suzuki Motor Gujarat Electric Car Battery Manufacturing Site in Hansalpur in Gujarat and its planned vehicle manufacturing facility in Kharkhoda in Haryana will both have their foundation stones laid by Modi during the Suzuki event, according to the PMO.

With an estimated expenditure of Rs. 7,300 crores, a factory in Hansalpur would be built to produce advanced chemical cell batteries for electric vehicles.

One of the biggest passenger car production facilities in a single location in the world, the Kharkhoda complex would have the capacity to produce 10 lakh passenger vehicles annually.

Over ₹11,000 crores would be spent on the project’s first phase of setup.

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