Kurukshetra to be developed as heritage site
Chandigarh, Aug 31: Kurukshetra and other important places in its vicinity having connection with the Mahabharata era will be developed as a world heritage site.
The decision was taken in the 74th meeting of the Kurukshetra Development Board (KDB) which was held here today under the Chairmanship of Haryana Governor and Chairman of the Kurukshetra Development Board A R Kidwai. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda was also present on the occasion.
The Governor revealed that Union Tourism Minister Ambika Soni has assured to visit Kurukshetra with a team of experts to explore the possibility of developing it as a world tourist hub.
The Board decided to entrust Haryana Tourism Department the task of producing an international standard documentary film so as to attract pilgrim from India and abroad and also inform them about the facilities available there.
The Tourism Department was also asked to explore the possibility of holding a laser show on Gita depicting Lord Krishna delivering the celestial message to Arjuna.
The Deputy Commissioner of five districts have been asked to identify the important places of pilgrimage situated within 48 KOS of Kurukshetra area and prepare an action plan for restoration of the old heritage.
The Board also approved the central air conditioning for Sri Krishna Museum at a cost of Rs one crore and setting up a Tourist Information Centre in the Brahm Sarover Complex.
It was also decided that a Chair in the name of former Prime Minister Gulzari Lal Nanda would be established in Kurukshetra University for research on his life and works.
The members suggested that to acquaint the people of other states about the historic importance of Kurukshetra, publicity material be published in different languages.