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Union Minister Pradhan opens Sisupalgarh Heritage Gate

Bhubaneswar, Dec 10: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated a Heritage Gate of the historical city of Sisupalgarh and distributed assistive devices to over 100 differently-abled persons of Cuttack district. 

The construction of the Heritage Gate at a cost of Rs 50 lakh and free distribution of assistive devices to Divyangjan were carried out under Gas Authority of India Ltd’s (GAIL) corporate social responsibility initiatives.

“The Heritage Gate will be a reminder of the rich glory and heritage of Sisupalgarh and help promote tourism and economic growth of the region,” said Pradhan.

Excavations at Sisupalgarh provide evidence that this was the legendary city of Kalinganagara and the ruins go back to as early as 3rd century BC. The city pre-dates the Mauryan era and even finds mention in the ancient Indian treatise Arthashastra.

The Union Minister distributed 28 motorised tricycles, 14 tricycles, 34 wheel chairs, 24 BTE hearing aids, two Rollators, a tablet and a Daisy Player along with batteries to identified beneficiaries of Cuttack district.

“These aids and devices shall not only be a major help and support to the people of the region with disabilities but also give them hope for a better life,” added Pradhan.
GAIL Director (HR) M Ravindran was present.


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