The horror of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks has been unforgettable. On the 11th anniversary of the attacks, many people will walk to Nariman Lighthouse in Colaba and light candles to pay homage to the victims. Survivors will recount the incidents and three artistes will host a poetry session on Tuesday.
Though last year the monument on the terrace had opened; The target to complete the memorial by this year was not achieved because of the financial hurdle. The memorial needs ?25 crores for completion. As raising the funds will not be a quick process, the decision to open the memorial to the public was taken. Citizens, Senior citizens, and students will be charged ?150, ?100, and ?50 respectively at the entry. The memorial will carry a theme of ‘From darkness to Light’.
The tour starting from the rooftop, where the visitors will be able to see a waterfall monument. The monument is inscribed with the names of the victims including the martyrs from the National Security Guard and Police force. They can then walk in the leafy area and read plaques describing the 26/11 sites like Cama Hospital, Leopold Café, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, Taj Hotel, Oberoi Trident Hotel, and Nariman House.
The tour will take you to the fifth floor which was impacted maximum by bullets and grenades. It was previously the residence of the Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his family- wife Rivka and son Moshe. Moshe was saved by his nanny, while the Rabbi and his wife were killed in the attack. The floor will also exhibit Jewish culture to the public.
The fourth floor will be converted into an experience center, where the visitors can walk through the burnt rooms. The first floor will soon open a restaurant serving kosher dishes, which was previously only accessible to the Jewish community members. The second and third floors will remain off-limits.
Leorith Elijah, Chief Operating Officer of Nariman Lighthouse says, “We simply narrate the story of that day. But the idea is that people don’t carry pain with them. As they walk through this space, we want them to reflect on the future and spread kindness and goodness.”
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