President of India visits India Oil Foundation Trust Interpretation Centre at Konark

Bhubaneswar: President of India, Mr Ram Nath Kovind today visited the Indian Oil Foundation (IOF) Trust Interpretation Centre at Konark. Upon his arrival, the President was accorded a warm welcome by Hon’ble Union Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Govt. of India and Trustee Chairman of IOF Mr Dharmendra Pradhan. Present on the occasion also included Mr S M Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil, Mr Ranjan Kumar Mohapatra, Director (HR) and Trustee Secretary of IOF.
The President took a round of the interpretation centre and appreciated the efforts of IndianOil in Protecting, Preserving and Promoting India’s glorious past. Speaking on the occasion, the President complimented The IndianOil Foundation (IOF), a non-profit trust fully funded by Indian Oil Corporation (IndianOil), under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, for developing the world class infrastructure and associated facilities, including the state-of-the-art Interpretation Centre that highlights the unique architectural features of Konark Sun Temple. The President also praised the modern amenities being provided to the tourists at the temple complex.
On this occasion, Union Minister, Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, Govt. of India and Trustee Chairman of IOF Mr Dharmendra Pradhan thanked the President for taking time out of his busy schedule and visiting the Interpretation Centre at Konark which has been developed as a new-age museum backed by different means of communication to aid and stimulate the discovery process while enhancing the visitor’s intellectual and emotional connect to the site.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr S M Vaidya, Chairman, IndianOil expressed his profound gratitude towards the President. Highlighting the corporate agenda of IndianOil, he said that a robust social quotient and care for the community & heritage has always been the focus of Team IndianOil.
Built at the cost of Rs 50 crore, the Konark Interpretation Centre was inaugurated by Mr Dharmendra Pradhan on 1st April 2018. As the Sun Temple stands testimony to our centuries-old heritage, an urgent and pressing need was felt to have world-class Interpretation Centre better appreciate the craft and heritage of this epitome of beauty. This prompted The IndianOil Foundation (IOF), to take up the cause of creating world-class infrastructure facilities. IOF’s pioneering work has substantially revamped and spruced up the entire complex. Creatively planned and constructed in close association with Engineers India Limited (EIL), Tourism Department of Odisha and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the facility has evolved into a multi-faceted tourist hub which includes the main avenue, elegant water bodies, well-manicured gardens, paved roads, ample street lights and high-mast towers adding a touch of class to the entire setting. The world-class Interpretation Centre is spread across eight acres.