PM Modi inaugurates Kochrab Ashram in Sabarmati

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi visited Sabarmati Ashram, inaugurated Kochrab Ashram, and launched the Master plan of Gandhi Ashram Memorial today.

PM Modi inaugurates Kochrab Ashram in Sabarmati

New Delhi: The Prime Minister inaugurated the redeveloped Kochrab Ashram. This was the first Ashram established by Mahatma Gandhi after he came to India from South Africa in 1915. The Ashram is still preserved as a memorial and tourist space by Gujarat Vidyapeeth. During the inauguration, the Prime Minister also launched the Master Plan of the Gandhi Ashram Memorial.

The Gandhi Ashram Memorial Project aims to revitalize Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings and philosophy for present and future generations. Under this master plan, the existing five-acre area of the Ashram will be expanded to 55 acres. A total of 36 existing buildings will undergo restoration - 20 buildings, including ‘Hriday Kunj’, which served as Gandhi's residence, will be conserved, 13 will undergo restoration, and 3 will be reproduced.

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The master plan includes new buildings to house administration facilities, visitor facilities like an orientation center, interactive workshops on charkha spinning, handmade paper, cotton weaving, leatherwork, and public utilities. The buildings will house interactive exhibits and activities to showcase aspects of Gandhiji’s life as well as the legacy of the Ashram.

The Masterplan also envisages the creation of a library and archives building to preserve, protect, and disseminate Gandhiji’s ideas. It will also create facilities for visiting scholars to use the Ashram’s library and archives.

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The project will also enable the creation of an interpretation center that can guide visitors with different expectations and in multiple languages, making their experience culturally and intellectually more stimulating and enriching.

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