What’s in the news?
- A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways and Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Cooperation in Development of National Maritime Heritage Complex (NMHC) at Lothal in Gujarat. This complex would be developed as an international tourist destination.
- Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel has said that the museum will play a big role in highlighting the cultural heritage of the country.
About the complex
- The heritage complex will be dedicated to the country’s 5,000-year maritime history. NMHC would be developed as an international tourist destination where the maritime heritage of India — from ancient to modern times — would be showcased and an edutainment approach using the latest technology would be adopted to spread awareness about the country’s maritime heritage.
- NMHC would be developed in an area of about 400 acres with various unique structures such as the National Maritime Heritage Museum, lighthouse museum, heritage theme park, museum-themed hotels, maritime-themed eco-resorts and maritime institute among others which would be developed in a phased manner.
- The unique feature of NMHC is the recreation of ancient Lothal city, which was one of the prominent cities of the Indus valley civilization.