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PM e-inaugurates newly-built circuit house in Somnath; CM joins the event through video conference

    PM virtually inaugurates new circuit house build at a cost of Rs. 30.55 crore by GoG in Somnath

    Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel and MP Mr. C. R. Patil joins virtually

    Under the visionary leadership of PM, Sardar Patel’s dreams are coming true in the nation- Mr. Bhupendra Patel

    GoG is committed for the development of Cultural places including Somnath connecting the state’s coastline with the tourism circuit- Tourism and Pilgrimage Development Minister Mr. Purnesh Modi 

    Gandhinagar, Friday:  Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi today virtually inaugurated new circuit house (guest house) build at a cost of Mr. 30.55 crore by Government of Gujarat in Somnath. Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel, Navsari MP Mr. C. R. Patil joined the inauguration virtually.

    Minister for Road Building and Tourism, Yatradham Development Mr. Purnesh Modi, Minister of State Mr. Arvind Raiani participated from new circuit house in Somnath following COVID protocols.

    Mr. Modi addressing the gathering said that, “The cultural places including Somnath represent our national unity and the spirit of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat. He further said that faith and cultural places like Somnath are its main centers for what we want to learn from the past through Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. Under Swadesh Darshan Yojana, 15 themed tourism circuits are being developed in the nation.”

    PM said that the number of tourist destinations in other countries of the world, we have such destinations in every single state of our country. Referring to the ancient sites in each state, the Prime Minister said that developers have a vital role to play in bringing prosperity to the country and providing opportunities to the youth of the country.

    The Prime Minister remarked that in the last 7 years, the country has worked relentlessly to realize the potential of tourism. Today, the development of tourist centres is not just a part of the government schemes, but a campaign of public participation. The country’s heritage sites and development of our cultural heritage are great examples of this.

    Focusing on his affiliation with Somnath temple Prime Minister Mr. Modi said that, Somnath Trust has been working tirelessly for the convenience of the pilgrims in Somnath. One development after another is taking place in Somnath in the last few years. Which is the special grace of god Somnath.

    Highlighting the various developmental works for which the foundation stones were laid or were inaugurated including the walkway, exhibition gallery, Maa Parvati Temple Mr. Modi said that, With this facility being made available in Somnath area, Somnath will be the centre of the circuit from Diu, Gir to Bet Dwarka.

    Pilgrims staying in the circuit house built by the Gujarat government in Somnath will be able to enjoy the waves of the sea and will be able to pray (bow head) at peak of the Somanth temple from the circuit.

    The Prime Minister further added that the destruction of the Somnath Temple and the subsequent renovation by Sardar Saheb in the situation is a big message. He also outlined a new vision for tourism development linked to Vocal for Local.

    The Prime Minister also mentioned the development works done in Gujarat including Dwarka, Bet Dwarka, Somnath Ambaji Pavagadh, Saputara, Statue of Unity, Girnar. 75 lakh pilgrims have visited Statue of Unity so far.

    Mr. Modi further added that the country’s heritage sites are a great example of the development of our cultural heritage. Clean India campaign has also changed the image of holy places. The government is constructing the Babasaheb Memorial and other new glorious places in Delhi and giving them glory.

    Virtually addressing Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel said that, Under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, new facilities are being made available in the country with the restoration of cultural heritage. Prime Minister is the Chairman of the Somnath Temple Trust and under his guidance many works have been completed for the convenience of the pilgrims in Somnath. Green energy, clean energy and comprehensive measures for protection of environment, natural farming are also getting new directions.

    Mr. Patel said that GoG has made several efforts for the development of tourism places in Gujarat. He also mentioned the achievements of the Prasad Yojana of the Central Government under the leadership of the Prime Minister and the work done under this scheme in the state and said that the state government is committed for the development of tourism and pilgrimage places.

    Minister for Road Building and Tourism and Yatradham Development Mr. Purnesh Modi expressed his feelings of gladness over the development of cultural heritage sites including Kashi Vishwanath, Somnath under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. He also said that special facility will be made available due to the newly constructed circuit house in Somnath.

    Under the guidance of Gujarat Chief Minister Mr. Bhupendra Patel a tourism circuit is being planned for the development of tourism and pilgrimage sites in the state.

    Minister in charge of Gir Somnath District Mr. Arvindbhai Raiani informed about the state-of-the-art facilities developed for the tourist/ devotees coming from all over the world to visit Somnath.

    MP Mr. Rajeshbhai Chudasama informed that Junagadh and Gir-Somnath districts are considered as gateways for tourism. He said that efforts are being made by the state government to give a new impetus to development by linking pilgrimage sites with tourism.

    On this occasion, the trustee of Somnath Trust Mr. J D Parmar delivered his keynote address.

    Chief Secretary of the State Mr. Pankaj Kumar delivered the welcome address and informed about the pilgrimage Somnath and the activities of tourism development of the state. Secretary of Roads and Buildings Shri. S. B. Vasava delivered the thanking note.

    Luxurious four floor Circuit house spread over in an area of 15000 sq.m. has total carpet area is 7077.00 sq.m. The state-of-the-art circuit house has developed facilities including 2 VVIP suite rooms, 8 VVIP rooms, 8 VIP rooms, 24 deluxe rooms with kitchen, general and VIP dining, store room, conference room and auditorium hall for 200 people.

    Minister of State Mr. Devabhai Malam, District Panchayat President Smt. Ramiben Vaja, Former Minister Mr. Jasabhai Barad, State BJP Minister Mr. Zaveri Bhai Thakrar, Secretary of Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board Mr. R. R. Raval, Collector Rajdevsinh Gohil, Nagarpalika President Mr. Piyushbhai Fofandi, Former MLAs Mr. Rajsibhai Jotwa, Mr. Jethabhai Solanki, Somnath District BJP President Mr. Mansinh Parmar, well known artists Mayabhai Ahir, Kirtidan Gadhvi, Aditya Gadhvi, Arvind Vegda, Kinjal Rajpriya, Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma fame Mayur Vakani joined on the occasion.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat