Ma­hatma’s me­mo­rial Ra­jghat sub­merged in the Nar­mada

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTNATION - Neeraj San­toshi

BHOPAL: Ra­jghat, the Ma­hatma Gandhi me­mo­rial, and ad­join­ing in­hab­ited ar­eas in Mad­hya Pradesh’s Bar­wani, have sub­merged un­der Nar­mada waters that have been grad­u­ally ris­ing since the clo­sure of gates of the Sar­dar Sarovar Dam in neigh­bor­ing Gu­jarat in June.

The wa­ter level rose from 123.6 me­tres on Au­gust 30 to 128.5 me­tres on Fri­day — much above the dan­ger mark of 123.2 me­tres — in­un­dat­ing the Sa­madhi site, farms and in­hab­ited ar­eas closer to the Nar­mada banks.

Noted Gand­hian Kashinath Trivedi brought ashes of the fa­ther of the na­tion, his wife Kas­turba Gandhi, and his sec­re­tary Ma­hadev De­sai to set up the me­mo­rial on the banks of Nar­mada in 1965. The place came to be known as Ra­jghat.

The gov­ern­ment, how­ever, dis­man­tled the con­crete struc­ture of the me­mo­rial and shifted the urns con­tain­ing the ashes on July 27, few hours be­fore Nar­mada Bachao An­dolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was sched­uled to start her hunger strike at Ra­jghat.

The gov­ern­ment will build the me­mo­rial to an­other safer site in the district. District of­fi­cials, po­lice and the NDRF are on high alert in Bar­wani and Dhar.


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