MUMBAI : The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday inaugurated the nation's first ever memorial for the late Bharat Ratna and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee at Wada in Palghar district. 

The late Prime Minister Vajpayee died at the age of 93 on 16 August 2018 and while paying tributes at a condolence meeting, Fadnavis had promised to built the memorial in Maharashtra. The height of the life size statue is 6'2" and made of   black granite stone from Kisangadh  near Ajmer, Rajasthan, while the canopy is of red stone got from Dholpur also in Rajastan. The memorial has been made up with the help of the world famous Makrana marble of Nagore in Rajastan and sculpted by Kailas Agarwal  from Jaipur.

A total of 35 persons who were doing exemplary work and following the foot steps of Vajpayee and living up his principles were given the “Atal Gaurav Puraskar” by Fadnavis. He paid rich tributes to Vajpayee and said he was an unparallel leader and devoted to the country and geared the nation for all round development. 

Also present for the function were Palghar district guardian Minister Vishnu Sawra, MPs Kapil Patil, and Rajendra Gavit, MLAs Pascal Dhanare and Shantaram More, President of the Janapriya Smruti Seva Sansta, Om Prakash Sharma, Chairman of the newly formed committee for review of Tribal development programmes and former MLA Vivek Pandit, and   Exceutive Chairman of the Shikshak Sanchalit Shikshan Samiti, Om Prakash  Arora.