The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) has been serving the nation for last 162 years with its professional expertise in Architecture, Engineering, Project Management coupled with comprehensive experience in building construction and maintenance. The CPWD has executed projects in difficult and demanding geographical and climatic conditions. The recently completed National Salt Satyagraha Memorial at Dandi is yet another example of a project undertaken and executed in a remote location near the sea and bears testimony to its advanced project management capabilities. The memorial was inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble PM on 30th January 2019.
Every aspect of the Memorial was addressed with care; welding for the salt crystal tower (A-Pillar) constructed with duplex stainless steel had to receive quality assurance from CPWD; the fabrication installation of the 41 solar trees was done in record time; the completion of the basalt lining for the artificial lake and the filling of the lake with water was meticulously planned and executed; special cranes were deployed for the placing of heavy mural pedestals to enable the simultaneous completion of the pathway and horticulture; monitoring and delivery of the granite blocks transported from Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh was ensured with great efficiency.
Shri Ganesh Corporation displayed tremendous amount of ingenuity and cooperation to hire suitable agencies in accordance with the able supervision provided by CPWD. Under the watchful guidance of Mr. Ajay Kumar Agarwal, the Chief Engineer of CPWD, who motivated and led the team, engineers, technicians and construction labourers have worked relentlessly without holidays and weekends.
Since several operations needed to happen simultaneously to ensure timely completion, sequencing and co-ordination was of utmost importance. The methods and project management used by the engineers and officers of the CPWD was truly commendable. CPWD, indeed saved the day and came out with flying colours where the Hon’ble PM appreciated all the components of the monument.