Bhubaneswar: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will inaugurate a world-class tourist facilitation center and an interpretation center at Konark Sun Temple in Odisha on Utkal Divas on April 1, an official said on Wednesday.
The Indian Oil Foundation has developed the interpretation center and the tourist facilitation center at the Unesco World Heritage Site at a cost of Rs. 45 crore.
Subrata Barma, Executive Director and CEO of Indian Oil Foundation, said the tourist facilitation center has adequate parking bays for buses, cars, and two-wheelers of the visiting tourists, driver’s facility block and ample public amenities like cafeteria, toilets and drinking water.
“The main avenue leading to the temple from outer ring road has been developed and has water bodies and suitable landscaping,” he said.
The interpretation center has been designed to be user-friendly and interactive, with multiple exhibits and multimedia displays.
Having five galleries depicting the history, culture, and architecture of Odisha, the center also features galleries dedicated to the many Sun temples in India and across the world.
“Touch-screen kiosks and multimedia depictions, together with sculptures, scale models and artifacts in the five galleries make for fabulous viewing,” said the CEO