By Kaushik Bhattacharya
The inauguration of Vande Mataram Garden at Bajeria, which was planned on August 15, stands postponed due to continuous rain in city for last one month.
As a symbol of tribute to freedom fighters, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had planned Vande Mataram Garden and the bhoomipujan for the same was performed in the month of February. It was to be inaugurated on the occasion of 75th Independence Day.
“The ongoing continuous rain slowed down the pace of construction work, due to which the date of inauguration has been postponed,” said former Mayor Dayashankar Tiwari while talking to The Hitavada.
The bhoomipujan of the park was performed at the hands of Param Vir Chakra recipient Captain Yogendra Yadav and Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari. Vande Mataram Garden is going to be one of its kind which will be a tribute to all martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom of India.
This 1.20 lakh sq ft garden will have a 25-seater amphitheater. Ceramic murals of the martyrs will be the major attraction of the garden. The garden will have murals of 21 Param Vir Chakra (PVC) recipients with placards bearing stories of their valour. Different landscaping will also be done around every mural.
Name-plates of all Gallantry Award recipients will also be placed in the garden like that in War Memorial at New Delhi. Apart from this, a battle tank used in a war, a decommissioned MiG aircraft, and a cannon will also be kept on display in the area as war trophy.
“The work of children’s play area, seating arrangements for senior citizens, green gym and a jogging track has already been completed but the murals of 21 PVC recipients is yet to be finished,” said Tiwari.
The entrance of the park will be constructed in the form of India Gate. Immortal Jawan Smarak will also be created next to the entrance gate,” said the former mayor. NMC so far spent around Rs 2 crore for the garden which included Rs 36 lakh for horticulture work, Rs 58 lakh for bamboo work, Rs 45 lakh for murals etc.
“I met Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed the concept of Vande Mataram with him and he appreciated it. After War Memorial in New Delhi, it is the second such war memorial in the country which is shaping in our own city,” claimed Tiwari.