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120-km long wall found in Raisen district will be a tourist attraction: CM

BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the 120-km long wall found in Raisen district would be surveyed by experts. The wall, spreads from Badi to Udaipur in Raisen district and covered under thick forest, would be a centre of attraction for tourists.

Reviewing the activities of Cultural Department here on Wednesday, Chouhan said that the Culture Department would establish four major festivals - Khajuraho, Tansen, Kalidas and Lokrang Utsav - at international level. Maximum number of people should be associated with these events. District level committee should be formed by merging district archaeology association and tourism publicity committee, he added.

The Chief Minister directed to promote private sector participation in archaeology and culture. Minister of State for Culture Surendra Patwa and Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa were also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister directed to chalk out a time-bound programme for preservation and survey of archaeological monuments of the state. For this, funds received under 13th Finance Commission should be used properly.

Chouhan said that Bhopal’s international level archaeological museums should be widely publicised. Bhopal has 16 archaeological museums. Arrangements should be made for showing them to tourists. Survey should be undertaken to form art groups for display of art of district level artistes.

Results of School of Drama set up in Bhopal should be assessed. Construction of memorials of Shaheed Tantya Bhil and Shaheed Bhima Nayak should be completed within time-limit. Vacancies of principals in music colleges should be filled up at the earliest.

The meeting was informed that a scheme has been chalked out to award writers of regional dialects in the state. Each writer of every regional language will be given prize money of Rs. 51 thousand. Culture Department has chalked out a proposal to constitute Folk Artiste Welfare Board. A function will be held to mark completion of construction of Tribal Museum at Bhopal. Excavation for archaeological survey is being undertaken in 10 tahsils of the state.

Sanchi will be international university

The Chief Minister directed to develop Sanchi Buddhist University as international university. Teaching and infrastructure facilities should be developed accordingly. Study centres of Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Thailand should be set up in the university. He reviewed progress made till date in the university. He said that total transparency should be exercised in filling up posts in the university.