Mayapur, Feb. 19: Eminent industrialist and JSW group chairman Sajjan Jindal will ‘help’ the Iskcon authorities in Mayapur in its flagship project ‘Chaitanya Cultural World Heritage Centre’.
Iskcon authorities in Mayapur said, the industrialist met Iskcon’s Alfred Ford alias Ambaris Das on Sunday and has agreed to be a part of the Rupees 3000-crore project which will be coming up on 700-acres land in Nabadwip and Mayapur.
Iskcon sources said the JSW group head has expressed his desire to join the project and agreed to oversee its construction and allied activities as an “advisor”. Iskcon spokesperson Subroto Das said, “Mr. Jindal will help us in the World Heritage Centre project. He has also agreed to head a special committee as its chairman which will oversee the work of the project”. “He would be an adviser to the project. However, details of his role and functions, however, yet to be worked out”, a senior monk of Iskcon said.
Iskcon sources said that visit of Jindal to it’s headquarter in Mayapur was closely wrapped. On Sunday he landed at Iskcon hub on flying his personal chopper accompanied by Welspun group chairman B.K.Goenka and Essel group chairman Ashok Goel. The trio was escorted from Mumbai by senior devotee Devkinandan Das.
After landing at about 11am, Jindal visited Chandradaya temple. He later visited Gurukul where Iskcon officials narrated him the project plan. Later Alfred Ford, who is the head of temple of Vedic planetarium project, joined him in discussion at Gurukul about the world heritage project along with other Iskcon officials.
Ford, an Iskcon devotee and great grandson of legendary businessman Henry Ford, presently working as chairman to Rupees 500-crore Temple of
Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) project. In a recent interview with NfN, he anticipated that Bengal would to become the destination of millions of tourists by 2022 once temple project is completed. “The TOVP project is part of the World Heritage project which we narrated to the Industrialists”, an Iskcon official said.
“Hearing about the entire project plan Mr. Jindal seems to be very excited. He on our request agreed to be an advisor and head the project monitoring committee. He assured his helps to the project. Later at the request of our senior monk Devakinandan Das and other senior devotees he agreed to form a committee to steer its development.” said a senior Iskcon official.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee on January 12 announced state government’s approval to the Iskcon’s World heritage project. “I am hopeful this project would give fillip to the tourism in Nabadwip and Mayapur area”, she said while announcing the approval in Krishnanagar.
Iskcon spokesperson Subroto Das said, “The World Heritage Project is envisaged to be developed as spiritual United Nations at Mayapur where devotees from different nationalities, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, color would practice Bhakti and universal brotherhood”. “The Heritage centre will have spiritual embassies of 45 countries reflecting their specific culture, dress, lifestyle, food, Das added. The project also includes, a 200 bedded super-specialty hospitals with world class facilities to take care of the medical needs of the people, an Iskcon official said.