Modi Govt plans major renovation of Somnath Temple
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Last Updated: Monday, June 28, 2010, 22:45
Ahmedabad: Gujarat Government today mooted a plan for holistic development of Somnath Temple located in Junagadh district and putting the famous shrine prominently on the world tourism map.

The Somnath Temple Tourist Township Development plan was proposed by Chief Minister Narendra Modi during the 107th meeting of the temple trust here.

This was the first meeting attended by Modi after becoming a member of the trust in December last year.

Senior BJP leader L K Advani, a trustee, also attended the meeting, which was held under the chairmanship of former Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel.

After the meet, Advani, Modi and Minister of State for Home Amit Shah had a separate meeting to discuss various party related issues and the ongoing state-wide agitation against fuel price hike, BJP sources said.

Somnath Temple represents the spiritual and cultural heritage of Gujarat and it needs to be preserved, a government release quoted Modi as saying.

"Like Jagannath Puri (in Orissa) and Kanyakumari (in Tamil Nadu), which have international acclaim, we need to develop Somnath in such a way that it too becomes world famous," he said.

The plan included development of the temple premises, the Ratnakar beach, where it is situated, and other infrastructural projects, Modi said.


First Published: Monday, June 28, 2010, 22:45

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