BHUBANESWAR:The State Government has requested the Centre to establish a Tagore Cultural Complex and Odissi Dance Museum in Odisha.
Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Ashok Chandra Panda took up the issue with Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture Mahesh Sharma at New Delhi on Tuesday. Panda requested the Union Minister to take steps to set up a Tagore Cultural Complex, Odissi Dance Museum at Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre and an International Museum at Shri Jagannath Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya in Puri.
Panda requested the Union Minister to take steps for branding of Nabakalebara festival to be held in Puri in July and release of Rs 8 crore for eight projects in Odisha. The Minister said places of Buddhist interest in the State should be included in the ‘Swadesh Darshan’ scheme planned by the Centre.
During his meeting with Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Panda said though Biju Patnaik airport was declared an international airport’ in 2013, the Centre is yet to facilitate international flight operations which is hampering the State’s tourism industry.
He requested the Union Minister to extend the Mumbai-Dubai Air India flight to Bhubaneswar and allow other flight operators to start commercial operations from the airport.