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Odisha CM seeks land for community centre in Surat


Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged his Gujarat counterpart, Vijay Rupani, to provide a piece of suitable land for establishment of a community centre for lakhs of Odias living in the Diamond City.

In a letter addressed to Rupani, Naveen said: “ Government of Odisha is planning to establish a Community Centre in the city of Surat to meet the requirements of Odia community for their social celebrations.”

He also said that “the proposed complex shall also serve as a nerve centre of cultural exchange between Odisha and Gujarat”.

More than seven lakh people form Odisha are residing on the city of Surat. They are engaged in various sectors of industries like powerlooms, dyeing, printing and diamond cutting, Naveen said, adding their family members and relatives often visit the city.

“May I request you to provide one acre of land at a suitable place in Surat, where we can develop the said infrastructure,” Patnaik added.

It may be recalled here that Patnaik is scheduled to visit Surat on December 17 along with his team of ministers and MLAs to attend the ‘Odiya Mahotsav’ there.

The event will be organised by Shree Prabhu Jagannath Charitable Trust of Surat, run by the Odias.