Atal Smriti Sthal Lacks Height & Covering Sheets

The construction of Rashtriya Smriti Sthal in Delhi, for cremation of dignitaries getting state-funeral, was going on for last several years. It was merely incidental that it was used for the first time for the legendry Atal Bihari Vajpayee under whose leadership as Prime Minister, the Union Cabinet passed the resolution for not constructing new samadhis.

Madhu Agrawal

Even though the major works of the project is completed, the cremation site lacks covering sheets. The Indra Dev (rain God) gave its blessings to the departed soul by sprinkling some rain drops just before the pyre was lit but, what would have happened if there would be heavy rain after cremation would have been started.

Union Ministry for Urban Development shall complete the project at war-footing. It will be better if the cremation platform may be raised like the platform at Nigambodh Ghat at Delhi which was specially constructed for cremation of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya in the year 1967. People attending the funeral ceremony of Atal Bihari Vajpayee were seen standing on chairs because of low height of pyre-platform. Rashtriya Smriti Sthal can be named as Atal Smriti Sthal in memory of the visionary who was against developing samadhis for departed leaders, and by chance made first start through his own funeral without a separate samadhi.