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Dholavira: State to seek funds from Centre | Ahmedabad News

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Gandhinagar: Although the government of India (GOI) included Dholavira and Somnath in the first list of iconic tourism sites in 2019 and asked the Gujarat government to submit a detailed development plan, the state government is yet to initiate the process. The development plan would have helped to market the archaeological site as an international tourist destination.
The Union government had recommended to Unesco that Dholavira should be named a world heritage site — a distinction which was accorded earlier this week.
A key officer close to the development said, “As Dholavira has now got the world heritage site status, we will expedite the preparation of development plan.”
In 2019, the Union government had included Dholavira in the first list of 17 iconic tourism sites of India and the ministry of tourism had included the Harappan civilization site in the list of international tourism sites of India. The Centre had asked the state government to develop tourist facilities at the site and market it as an international tourist destination of Gujarat and India.
However, the department could not do it.
“A committee was formed earlier under the chief secretary to chalk out the plan. But, so far the state government is yet to prepare any action plan. The government will shortly plan a meeting with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials to prepare the Dholavira tourism development plan. However, it may take two to three years more. Consultants will be appointed in a few days to prepare the master plan which will include museum, tourist facilities, interpretation centres etc., The state government will also focus on making Dholavira village more accessible by road to tourists,’’said a source.
The Union government has identified iconic tourist spots in India to attract foreign and domestic tourists. Pursuant to the Budget announcements of 2018-19, the ministry of tourism identified 17 sites in 12 clusters in the country for development as Iconic Tourist Sites. These are Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri (Uttar Pradesh), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (Delhi), Colva (Goa), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).
The tourism ministry proposed to develop these sites in a holistic manner by bringing private investment.

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