India’s First Maritime Heritage Complex With World-Class Facilities To Come Up In Gujarat

by Tania Tarafdar
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Gujarat will soon get India’s first Maritime Heritage Complex dedicated to the country’s 5,000-year maritime history. The museum will be set up in Gujarat’s Lothal by the Culture Ministry in collaboration with the shipping and port ministry. According to reports, the world-class facility will be developed in the vicinity of the Archaeological Survey of India site in Lothal, 80 km away from Ahmedabad.

The Complex Will Attract International Tourists

The heritage complex will be an international destination where they would showcase the maritime heritage of India. They would use an edutainment approach to spread awareness about the country’s maritime heritage. The NMHC project has been taken up under the unique and innovative projects category of the Sagarmala programme. The Government of Gujarat has already allotted 375 acres of land in Saragvada village on lease for 99 years.

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The Complex Will Have Theme Parks, Hotels & Museums

Visitors will get a glance at thousands of years of old maritime strength of India. Renowned architect Hafeez Contractor has been given the responsibility to prepare a master plan and requisite design. The complex would be developed in 400 acres of land with various unique structures such as the National Maritime Heritage Museum, heritage theme park, museum-themed hotels, lighthouse museum, maritime-themed eco-resorts, and maritime institute among others.

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The museum will be completed in three years and will comprise 14 galleries to exhibit the evolution of India’s maritime heritage. According to reports, The main galleries include mythologies and wilderness of the Indian Ocean, Harappans: The Pioneer Master Seafarers, Indian Ocean: an Interactive Sphere, India’s contact with the Roman World: The Quest for the Spice, Trade, Commerce and Cultural Interaction with China and South-East Asia.

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Other notable galleries proposed include Maratha Naval Power, Emergence of Indian Navy, Traditional Ship Building and Navigation Techniques of India, and Heritage of the Coastal Communities of India. We cannot wait for this museum complex to come alive. What about you?

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