Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the meeting of the Somnath Temple trust on Saturday chaired by senior BJP leader and MP L K Advani. Trust chairman Keshubhai Patel has been ill and could not attend the meeting held at Gujarat Bhavan.
The Trust decided to deposit about 6 kg gold under the government’s monetisation scheme. “Glad that Somnath Trust decided to deposit about 6 kg gold under Gold Monetisation Scheme of Government of India,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who attended the meeting, tweeted.
The Prime Minister stressed the need to develop Somnath as an ancient heritage pilgrimage as well as a tourist destination.
The Trust reviewed the progress of various projects of continuous growth of devotees visiting Somnath. As Somnath is about to witness one crore of yatris, state-of-the-art infrastructure for the all-round development should be envisioned, the trustees felt, according to an official release.
The secretary of the trust said that one of the key points of the discussion was that the temple had reached out to at least 20 lakh youths via Twitter and Facebook and in the current Shravan month, about 15 lakh people visited it.
The PM also suggested excavations of areas to establish various missing historic links. He said high-tech marine attractions and virtual reality shows should be covered in the future plan. He also suggested to bring maximum areas under CCTV surveillance network. Newly appointed trustee and BJP chief Amit Shah also attended the meeting, along with other members.