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Gandhinagar, Tuesday: A unique memorial, christened ‘Smritivan', to commemorate the death of 13,805 people during the killer earthquake in Gujarat with its epicenter in Kutch on January 26, 2001 will be created atop 406 acres of the historic Bhujia Dungar near Bhuj, reflecting the people's onerous response to a natural catastrophe.

Architects P.V. Doshi and Raju Katpaliya made a presentation on the project before Chief Minister Narendra Modi, besides Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority (GSDMA) Chairman R. Bannerjee, Tourism Principal Secretary Vipul Mitra, Information Commissioner V. Thirppugazh and Chief Minister's Secretary A.K. Sharma and Collector of Kutch M. Thennarasan.

Looking to emergence of Kutch as a centre for unprecedented growth post-Earthquake, the memorial will have a museum, convention centre, sunset point and eco park with 84 types of trees.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Modi wished that people from different states in the country and abroad encircled the Bhujia every January 26, nurture the trees with individual and institutions chip in their contrbution. Participation of even the Indian Army is envisaged. It was also proposed to start adventure sports in the adjoining lake, befitting the solemn and somber nature of the memorial.

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PM praises Vitasta programme showcasing rich culture, arts and crafts of Kashmir
January 29, 2023
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has lauded the Ministry of Culture’s Vitasta programme showcasing rich culture, arts and crafts of Kashmir.

Culture Ministry is organising Vitasta program from 27th-30th January 2023 to showcase the rich culture, arts and crafts of Kashmir. The programme extends the historical identity of Kashmir to other states and it is a symbol of the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.

Responding to the tweet threads by Amrit Mahotsav, the Prime Minister tweeted;

“कश्मीर की समृद्ध विरासत, विविधता और विशिष्टता का अनुभव कराती एक अद्भुत पहल!”