To attract tourists to Haryana's Kurukshetra district, the state government is now planning to construct a replica of the Tirupati temple in the district, chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here on Saturday.
The state has already sanctioned land for the temple in the district where a premier design institute is also being set up. "The Tirupati Trust has sanctioned more than Rs 100 crores for the temple," Hooda added.
He said the country’s second National Institute of Design (NID), being set up in Kurukshetra, would help Haryana leave a mark on the country's map. "The first Rs 135-crore instalment has already been released for the institute's development. It will provide education in design, research, training and services for social and human values," Hooda said.
At present, the only campus of the National Institute of Design is in Ahemdabad, Gujarat.
The state government had first mulled the institute, saying it would promote design awareness, improve the standard of India-made products and help employment. Hooda said it would be the second such national institute after Ahemdabad where education and research work would be related to designing.