PM Modi Inaugurates ‘Smriti Van’ Earthquake Memorial in Kutch, Gujarat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated India's first earthquake memorial Smriti Van to the nation in Bhuj, Gujarat on 28 August 2022.


  • Smriti Van is a unique memorial in which the names of more than 12,000 people who lost their lives in the devastating earthquake in January 2001 have been inscribed.
  • This monument is built on top of Bhujiyo hill which is spread over 470 acres of land.

  • It is the first such memorial in the country. 

  • An earthquake simulator has been installed in the monument which will provide the real experience of the earthquake to the visitors.

  • A state-of-the-art Smriti Van Earthquake Museum has also been built in this.

Features of the memorial :

  • The museum displays Gujarat's topography, reconstruction initiatives and success stories after the 2001 earthquake, and provides information on future preparedness for a variety of disasters.

  • It has a block to recreate the feel of an earthquake with the help of a 5D simulator and also a block to pay tribute to the lost souls.

  • The eight-block and 11,500-square-metre museum will showcase the Harappan civilization of the region.

  • The museum also has 50 audio-visual models, a hologram, interactive projection and virtual reality facilities for visitors.

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