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Gandhi heritage sites across the country soon

Aiming to promote Gandhian philosophy in a big way, the Culture Ministry has sought Rs 50 crore from the Centre to develop Gandhi heritage sites across the country.

delhi Updated: Jan 13, 2008 12:24 IST

Aiming to promote Gandhian philosophy in a big way, the Culture Ministry has sought Rs 50 crores from the Centre to develop Gandhi heritage sites across the country.

"We already have launched the Dandi Heritage Corridor Project to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's Dandi Yatra at an estimated cost of Rs 20 crores," said a senior ministry official.

"Besides Dandi there are other places associated with Gandhiji which can be promoted to attract visitors. The proposal will be finalised soon," said the official.

About the Dandi project, the official said the ministry is developing 21 places along the 349-km long Sabarmati-Dandi route where Gandhiji had made night halts during the historic Dandi yatra from March 12 to April 6, 1930, when he broke the salt law that intensified the freedom struggle.

There will be simple huts with basic facilities at these night halts. The ambiance will be simple and frugal. "Because the basic aim is to feel the Gandhian way of living," said the official.

The night halts along the route include Nadiad, Anand, Navsari and the bank of Tapti near Surat is to be developed shortly. There will be memorial stones at these locations with his speeches engraved on it.