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Bhubaneswar: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will inaugurate a world-class Tourist Facilities and Interpretation Centre at Konark Sun Temple in Odisha on 1st April, 2018, said Executive Director and CEO Indian Oil Foundation Subrata Barma on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference here today, Barma said, “The Indian Oil Foundation, a non-profit Trust fully funded by IndianOil Corporation Ltd, under the aegis of Union Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas has developed world class Interpretation Centre and Tourist facilitation Centre around UNESCO Wold Heritage Site of Sun Temple, Konark at a cost of Rs. 45 crore.”
“Petroleum Minister Pradhan will inaugurate the centre on 1st April, the day coincides with Utkal Divas which has been celebrated in the memory of the formation of the state of Odisha as a separate province in 1936,” he added.
“The Tourist Facilitation Centre is laced with adequate parking bay for buses, cars and two wheelers of the visiting tourists, driver’s facility block, ample public amenities like cafeteria, toilets and drinking water etc. The main avenue leading to the temple from outer ring road has been developed with paver block, water bodies and suitable landscaping,” the CEO claimed.
The Interpretation Centre has been designed to be user-friendly and interactive, with multiple exhibits and multimedia displays. Boasting five galleries depicting the history, culture and architecture of Odisha, the Interpretation Centre also features galleries dedicated to the many Sun temples in India and across the world. Touch-screen kiosks and multimedia depictions, together with sculptures, scale models and artefacts in the five galleries make for fabulous viewing.
Visitors will be left spell-bound with the fusion of sight and sound at the 60-seater auditorium with state-of-the art audio-visual and acoustics systems. Here, animated films depicting the origins and history of the Sun Temple at Konark will be stellar attractions. A VIP lounge, a cafeteria, and a welcome lobby with ticket counters will all add to the excitement. All the facilities are covered with CC TV cameras and appropriate fire-fighting facilities ensure safety for all.
Billed as an architectural marvel of Eastern India and an exceptional symbol of India’s glorious cultural heritage, the Sun Temple of Konark in the state is one of the important tourist attractions in the eastern part of the country.
Pritish Bharat, CGM of IndianOil Corporation Ltd. Odisha was also present at the press conference.