Ujjain : The State government is committed to develop Ujjain as a major tourist center of the world in the backdrop of preparations for the Simhastha Fair-2016, Chief Secretary Anthony de Sa said here on Saturday. “A road map is being prepared to preserve, protect and conserve the local heritage,” he added.
The CS, who visited the Archaeological Museum at Vikram Kirti Mandir in the morning, was talking to the media persons at the Simhastha Fair Office in the afternoon, before proceeding to Bhopal. He along with Principal Secretary, Urban Administration and Development, Malay Shrivastava, Commissioner, Vivek Agrawal, Commissioner, Archaeology, Ajatshatru, Divisional Commissioner Ravindra Pastor and Collector Kavindra Kiyawat spared about 30 minutes to minutely see the monuments, idols, manuscripts of pre-historic era. These significant materials were collected from the Avanti Kshetra under the guidance of famous archaeologist Padamshri late Vishnu Shridhar Wakankar.
Museum in-charge Dr Balkrishna Sharma and Dr Raman Solanki shed light on the significance of the materials preserved in the museum. Vikram University Registrar Dr SC Arya was also present. In the opinion book, the CS wrote, “The manuscript collection is invaluable—an invaluable part of our magnificent heritage. The treasurers here are of interest and value to all of human civilization. We must use the opportunity of the forthcoming sacred Simhastha to preserve, protect and conserve this heritage as a sacred trust and duty for future generations.”
On being asked by the reporters to specify his road map, the CS said that entire Vikram Kirti Mandir Complex will get a new facelift and since the work is likely to be completed after Simhastha Fair, the treasures kept in the museum will be displayed at the Interpretation Center during the fair. He also indicated that the excavation of ancient Ujjayini may be re-launched, but after the Simhastha Fair.