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Government inks pact with Aditya Birla Group for operation, management of Gandhi Peace Centre

 Odisha Tourism has signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aditya Birla Group today for Operation and Management of Interpretation Centre at Khandagiri-Udayagiri.

The centre will be called Eternal Gandhi Peace Centre - A Joint Initiative of Government of Odisha & Aditya Birla Group.

The MoU, to remain valid for 15 years, was signed by Bharat Parekh of Aditya Birla Group and Director Tourism Nitin Bhanudas Jawale in the presence of Culture and Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Development Commissioner R Balkrishnan, Principal Secretary Tourism Department Arati Ahuja and other senior officers.

The MoU envisages development of the project in a sustainable way to bring inclusive economic growth for the State and work on the theme of Eternal Gandhi Interactive Museum.

The aim of this museum is to impart knowledge on cardinal principle of Truth & Non-Violence (Ahimsa) of Mahatma Gandhi including Jainism.

It involves installation of a life size statue of Mahatma Gandhi with interactive multimedia show relating to the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi and depiction of the tenets of Jainism. The Centre is expected to attract a huge number of domestic and international visitors to this historic site of Khandagiri-Udayagiri to witness the gospel of truth and non-violence.

The Interpretation Centre at Khandagiri-Udayagiri was built on a land area on Ac.5.00 in 2013.

“It will extensively propagate Gandhian Principle and Jain Ideology,” said Ashok chandra Panda, Minister, Tourism & Culture.

Panda said that State government is planning to develop Gandhi Circuits including all the places visited by Mahatma during his seven time visit to the state on different occasions.


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