Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has cleared National Highway 64, which was earlier known as NH 228. This route will extend through 21 villages where during the Dandi March of 1930, Gandhiji took night halts.
From 2019, we will be able to drive our cars along this historic route and will be able to trace the exact path taken by Gandhiji during this historic moment in the fight to Independent India.
The total journey will retrace the 410 kms route taken by Gandhiji and his 78 assistants as they undertook this journey on foot over a 25 day period to break the tax on salt levied by the British. This march was a turning point in India’s freedom struggle.
MoEF has along Dandi Memorial Committee, headed by Sudarshan Iyengar, a body formed for the management of the Dandi March route has made this route possible.
Dandi highway overlaps the national highway between Ahmedabad and Mumbai but from Anand onward the route takes a different turn. Detours have been earmarked while bridges across rivers and railway lines will be constructed.
INR 20 crores has been earmarked to put up special signs and to restore buildings along the path where Gandhiji and his followers stopped for the night. Gujarat Tourism will also be putting up plaques in each of these villages with excerpts from Gandhiji’s speeches and rare photographs.