Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi dedicated the Salt Satyagraha Memorial in Dandi, Gujarat to the nation yesterday on January 30, 2019.
At the memorial site, he also unveiled statues of Mahatma Gandhi and 80 Satyagrahis who had marched with him during the historic Dandi Salt March in 1930 to make salt from sea water against the British law. The memorial also has 24-narrative murals depicting various events and stories from the historic 1930 Salt March. Solar trees are installed to meet the energy requirements of the memorial complex. The PM took a round through the memorial.
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. 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.