The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will dedicate to the nation the ‘National Salt Satyagraha Memorial’ at Dandi, Gujarat at 4 pm on January 30. A project of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, the National Salt Satyagraha Memorial (NSSM), built in collaboration with the IIT Bombay, was announced by then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2005 during the 75th anniversary of the Dandi Salt March movement. The memorial is a tribute to the 80 marchers who accompanied Mahatma Gandhi from Sabarmati to Dandi in 1930.
IIT Bombay’s association with the NSSM began because of IIT Bombay’s pioneering research in renewable energy. The Memorial is being powered by solar energy and is a Zero Energy project in keeping with the Gandhian ideal of sustainability, said a statement from IIT Bombay.
Prof Juser Vasi initiated IIT Bombay’s contribution towards the solar energy needs of the project and Prof Kirti Trivedi conceptualized the design and ably guided the art aspects of the NSSM.
Several other members of the faculty, students and staff at IIT Bombay made key contributions in this collaborative effort.
The design of the NSSM has art and technological aspects include the statues of 81 marchers, 24 narrative murals, main statue of Gandhiji, an artificial lake, solar trees and a salt-making activity for visitors.