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The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley laid the foundation stone of the new Office Complex of the Ministry of Tourism ‘Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Paryatan Bhawan’ at Mandir Marg (opp. Birla Mandir) in New Delhi on the occasion of World Tourism Day today. The foundation stone was laid in the presence of the Union Minister of State for Tourism(Independent Charge), Culture (Independent Charge), and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma and Member of Parliament, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi.
Dr Mahesh Sharma said that tourism is the engine of economic growth and we need to increase India’s share in world tourism from 0.68 to 1 % by 2020 to realise the full potential of this sector. Tourism helps in women empowerment and youth employment. Naming the new office complex of Ministry of Tourism after Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay is a real tribute to the visionary leader who talked about integral humanism and antyodaya, he added.
Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhayay Paryatan Bhawan is a project of Ministry of Tourism for Multilevel car parking cum new office complex. The New Building will be structure of G+3 storeys plus 2 basements with stack car parking with area of 23,000 Sq. Meter. Estimated cost for the project is Rs.150 Cr approx. The building is planned to be a state of the art landmark on conservation of greens to reduce adverse effects of pollution. The building has been designed as an aesthetic blend of modern and traditional architecture and is access friendly to differently abled persons.