He will also lay the foundation for Suzuki Group’s ₹20,000 crore projects in the country, including an electric vehicle battery manufacturing unit
Modi to inaugurate memorial to 2001 quake victims during Gujarat visit
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in his home state of Gujarat for a two-day visit on Saturday and inaugurate a memorial to the victims of the earthquake that hit the state in 2001. He will also lay the foundation for Suzuki Group’s ₹20,000 crore projects in the country, including an electric vehicle battery manufacturing unit in Gujarat.
Modi will speak at a Khadi Festival, where 7,500 women artisans from across the state will spin the charkha simultaneously, in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The event is being held as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrating 75 years of India’s independence. An exhibition showcasing the evolution of charkhas since the 1920s is being also held as part of the festival.
On Sunday, Modi will inaugurate the Smriti Van Memorial in Bhuj built over 470 acres to celebrate the resilience in the aftermath of the earthquake that left around 13,000 dead. The memorial carries the names of the people who lost their lives.
The memorial has seven blocks based on themes of rebirth, rediscovery, restoration, rebuilding, rethinking, reliving, and renewing. The blocks depict Gujarat’s topography, natural disasters the state is vulnerable to, rebuilding initiatives, success stories post-earthquake, and future readiness.
Modi will later inaugurate and lay the foundation for projects worth around ₹4400 crore in Bhuj. He will inaugurate around 357 km long Kutch Branch Canal of Sardar Sarovar Project. Modi inaugurated a part of the canal in 2017, which seeks to provide irrigation and drinking water to 948 villages and 10 towns in the Kachchh district.
Modi will address a gathering to mark 40 years of Suzuki Group in India in Gandhinagar on Sunday. He will lay the foundation stones for the company’s units in Haryana and Gujarat. The battery manufacturing unit in Gujarat is being set up with an investment of around ₹7,300 crores.