City residents pay last tributes to Nek Chand

Hundreds of people on Sunday gathered at the Rock Garden to bid final adieu to Nek Chand at a 'Sarv Dharam Prarthana Sabha'.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2015 11:27 PM IST

Hundreds of people on Sunday gathered at the Rock Garden to bid final adieu to Nek Chand at a 'Sarv Dharam Prarthana Sabha'.

Tears rolled down from eyes of city residents as City Beautiful's hero was remembered and paid homage by family and friends.

Among the prominent present at the event was UT adviser Vijay Dev, finance secretary Sarvjit Singh and former MP and minister Pawan Kumar Bansal.

In a very unique ceremony, prayers were offered to the art icon by representatives from various religions, including Christianity, Hindu, Sikh and Muslim.

Calling Nek Chand a magician, Bansal expressed his gratitude towards him for giving Chandigarh a special identity. Making an appeal to the government, he said Rock Garden should be named as Nek Chand Rock Garden.

"His aura cannot be matched. His unbelievable creation has earned respect and recognition to the city worldwide. He never had urge for publicity and was a simple man. Awarding a Padam Shree is an understatement for such a man and he deserves even bigger award," added Bansal.

He added that the administration should look after his legacy and make sure that his world was preserved as a national heritage.

Emotional Dev paid a special tribute to Nek Chand as he sang a Punjabi song written by famous lyricist Shiv Kumar Batalvi.

"I was very sad by the news of demise of Nek Chand Ji. He belonged to my native place and thus I felt as if someone from my family passed away. The loss cannot be repaired but I assure the people of Chandigarh that the administration will leave no stone unturned to maintain and preserve his creation," said the adviser.

Members of the Nek Chand foundation, US, also attended the ceremony and paid tribute to the legend.

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