The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan reviewed the project of tourist facilities and peripheral development at Sun Temple Complex at Konark in Odisha on 19th August, 2014. The Indian Oil Foundation Trust (IOF) created by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC), which is entrusted to develop the project with an expenditure of about Rs.36 crore, gave a detailed presentation on the facilities proposed to be constructed at Konark.
The IOF apprised the Minister of the progress on various segments of the Project. It was informed by the IOF that the construction work is at standstill due to encroachment of the land, proposed to be developed. The Minister agreed to take up the issue with the Odisha State Government authorities in this regard.
The Minister instructed that in view of the forthcoming celebrations of ‘Nabakalebara’ in June 2015, the project must be completed latest by April 2015. A state-of-art Interpretation Centre with facilities such as Audio-Visual Centre, descriptive galleries, souvenir shops and other facilities shall be developed to explain the tourists the history and science behind the Sun Temple and the great cultural and historical tradition of Odisha. The IOF was instructed to expedite the work on this front. It was decided that the work for the Interpretation Centre would commence in the month of September 2014