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Gujarat tourism expedites work on Dandi heritage corridor

As per reports, the Gujarat government has formed a committee under chief minister Vijay Rupani which will decide on the celebrations for the entire year across various departments.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 14, 2018, 07.26 AM IST
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The Tourism Corporation of Gujarat (TCGL) is expediting the work around the Dandi heritage corridor project and the Gandhi circuit to coincide with the two-year-long 150th year celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary which will commence from October 2 this year.

The Dandi Heritage corridor project, expected to map the 21 locations of the Dandi march for tourists, was sanctioned in 2008 but is yet to see light of day. Jenu Devan, MD of TCGL, told ET that work is being expedited around the project and it will be completed this year.

"We will expedite the work concerning the upcoming celebrations. It is being planned in such a way that it finishes on time. There are 21 locations under the Dandi heritage corridor where Gandhi ji used to stay during the Dandi march. The structures in these locations are being revamped so that they can be considered for tour programmes. We have hired an event management agency which will design packages around these locations," said Devan.

In 2015, a CAG report stated TCGL had incurred "unfruitful" expenditure of Rs 20.43 crore on the Dandi project since it was not completed on time.

As per the CAG report, being the implementing agency, TCGL gave work orders in 2010 to build offices, souvenir shops, guest rooms, libraries, restaurants and museums at 15 destinations on the route and in November 2011, the orders were completed at a cost of Rs 11.84 crore. But after physical inspection, CAG found them unfit for use.

"There is also a Gandhi circuit project under the Swadesh Darshan scheme which covers locations associated with Gandhi ji like Porbandar, Dandi, Rajkot, etc. The areas are being upgraded in these locations along with basic facilities," he said.

The Gandhi circuit project will be completed by March next year, Devan said. As per reports, the Gujarat government has formed a committee under chief minister Vijay Rupani which will decide on the celebrations for the entire year across various departments.

The Alfred High School in Rajkot, where Mahatma Gandhi used to study, is also being developed into a modern museum with new facilities and audio visual rooms by TCGL.

TCGL also plans to increase the number of publicity campaigns to promote Ahmedabad, which was declared by UNESCO as India's first world heritage city last year besides promoting Saputara, Gujarat's sole hill station, and developing 13 locations under the Buddhist circuit.
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