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Sabarmati Ashram Redevelopment Plan: 13 Mar 2024

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a Rs 1,200 crore Gandhi Ashram Memorial and Precinct Development Project master plan at Sabarmati.

Key points:

  • Mahatma Gandhi built the ashram in 1917. It remained a center for major independence movements.
  • Redevelopment Scope:
    • Restoration, conservation, and rebuilding of about half of the 63 original structures.
    • New memorial spread over 55 acres; entire precincts over 322 acres.
    • 20 buildings, including Hriday Kunj and Gandhi Memorial Museum, to be conserved.
    • 13 buildings, like two gaushalas and Sardar Patel’s office, to be restored.
    • Three buildings to be rebuilt including Dehla Puni Kendra and Saat Ordi.

Other features:

  • Maintaining simplicity; no entry fees or special treatment for VVIPs.
  • Development to use local materials like lime plaster and Valsadi teak, avoiding steel, cement, and concrete.