Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy Sign MoU for National Maritime Heritage Complex: The Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Port Rail & Ropeway Corporation Ltd. The MoU, signed on July 2, 2023, in Gandhinagar, aims to plan, develop, construct, and commission a gallery at the National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) in Lothal, Gujarat. The gallery will be themed “Evolution of Indian Navy & Indian Coast Guard” and will be a part of the NMHC, which is currently under construction.
The signing of the MoU and Dignitaries Present:
The signing of the MoU took place in the presence of prominent dignitaries, including Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Shri Bhupendra Patel, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Chemical & Fertilizers, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways & Tourism, and Shri Shantanu Thakur, Minister of State for Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways. Senior officers from the Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy, including Additional Director General Rakesh Pal, PTM, TM, were also present during the signing ceremony.
National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) and Its Features:
The Government of India, under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, is developing the National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) in the historic Indus Valley civilization region of Lothal, Gujarat. The project, whose foundation stone was laid by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in March 2019, will comprise a maritime museum, lighthouse museum, maritime theme parks, amusement park centers, and more. The NMHC aims to showcase India’s maritime heritage from ancient to modern times, adopting an edutainment approach that utilizes the latest technology to raise awareness about the country’s rich maritime history.
Unique Features of NMHC:
The National Maritime Heritage Complex will feature various innovative and unique elements, including a Lothal mini recreation area that recreates Harappan architecture and lifestyle. It will also have four theme parks: Memorial theme park, Maritime and Navy theme park, Climate theme park, and Adventure and Amusement theme park. Additionally, the complex will house fourteen galleries that highlight India’s maritime heritage from the Harappan times to the present. The Coastal States pavilion will display the diverse maritime heritage of different states and Union Territories, among other attractions.
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