Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 23:
Odisha government is hopeful of starting the much-awaited light and sound show at Dhauli peace pagoda within 15 days, official sources said.
Though the light and sound project has almost been completed, the project is yet to take off due to non-completion of ancillary works such as—peripheral development, security arrangements, advertisement and fixing of supervision responsibility for the project.
A high-level review meeting was convened at the circuit house here on Wednesday presided over by state Tourism Minister Ashok Chandra Panda.
It was decided in the meeting that Dhauli Development Committee (DDC) would oversee the management and supervision of the project. The Committee is a registered body with the Khurda Collector as the Chairman.
Visitors will have to pay Rs 25 per adult and Rs 10 per student/child for the 35-minute long light and sound show to be beamed with laser technology. There will be two shows (English and Hindi) every evening except on Mondays.
“Advertising materials would be prepared for extensive publicity of the show. The Tourism department has planned to rope in hoteliers and tour operators to attract more visitors to Dhauli’s light and sound show. In addition to this, security arrangements will be tightened with the help of local police during evening hours as the show would run post sunset. More initiative will be undertaken for peripheral development of the site,” Panda said.
Notably, the project is being implemented by India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) at an expenditure of Rs 4.7 crore. The show would revolve around the Kalinga War, its aftermath, transformation of Chandashoka to Dharmashoka and the propagation of Buddhism from the land of Kalinga to the rest of the world.
Bollywood actors Kabir Bedi and Om Puri and Odia cine star Bijay Mohanty have lent their voices for the shows in English, Hindi and Odia languages respectively. An ITDC-owned company Tri Colour India had undertaken the commissioning of the light and sound project.
Tourism Secretary Dr Arabinda Padhee, Tourism Director Anil Kumar Samal, Khurda Collector and Chairman of Dhauli Development Committee (DDC) Niranjan Sahoo, Additional Collector Abanikanta Patnaik, Sub Collector Binay Kumar Das, Tourism Officer Sashank Sekhar Rath and officials from police department, ITDC, OTDC and Tri Colour India among others participated in the meeting.