Nek Chand, the man who created Rock Garden died of a cardiac arrest here at PGI Chandigarh on the night intervening 11th and 12th June, 2015. He was of 90 years. The sad news about the death of Nek Chand was confirmed by PGI doctors around midnight.
UT Advisor, Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev and Chandigarh Home Secretary, Mr. Anurag Aggarwal had visited Nek Chand at PGI this afternoon. Nek Chand’s son, Anuj Saini, who had recently started to take care of the work at Rock Garden in Chandigarh was by his father’s side when he expired.
How & When Nek Chand Died?
Nek Chand was suffering from cardiac distress and after medical tests, his family admitted him to a private hospital in Chandigarh. His condition worsened and he was later shifted to the PGI in Sector 12.
It was at 12:10 am in the night on 12th June, 2015 that doctors at PGI declared Nek Chand dead. He died from a cardiac arrest. Upon confirmation from the PGI administration and his family members, this sad news has struck Rock Garden fans across the world. Anuj Saini said that the family would keep Nek Chand’s body at Rock Garden for 1 day so that his fans could visit and pay their last tributes. The cremation details were not announced yet.
Nek Chand, Rock Garden and Chandigarh
Nek Chand was a person who brought Chandigarh on the world map by creating Rock Garden. Chandigarh would never have been so famous across the world without his hard work. His artistic nature and the ability to create beautiful things from waste will be remembered for centuries to come.
Nek Chand was born in Shakargarh, (which is now in Pakistan) and was of 90 years when he breathed his last. Chandigarh administration had celebrated Nek Chand’s 90th birthday and had honoured him for the completion of 40 years of Rock Garden on 15th December, 2014.
Nek Chand had won the Padma Shri award in year 1984 for creating the Rock Garden with waste material. More than 2.5 lakh people visit Rock Garden every year and these numbers keep on increasing year by year. The funds collected by ticket sales, which are to the tune of 1.8 crore per annum go to Nek Chand Foundation.