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GoI: Scheme launched for 100% solarization of Konark Sun Temple and Town

On May 20, 2020, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy launched a scheme to solarize the Konark town and Konark sun temple completely.

Highlights

The scheme has been launched to develop the historic Sun Temple in the town of Konark. Also, the scheme will develop the town into Surya Nagri. The development will be to deliver the message of synergy between the sun temple and the modern use of solar energy. The scheme mainly aims at promoting solar energy.

Key Features of the scheme

The scheme will set up 10 MW grid connected solar project. It will also launch applications such as solar drinking water kiosks, solar trees and off grid solar power plants with battery storage. The project is to be implemented by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency.

Konark Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple is a world heritage monument. It was built in the 13th century. It was built by King Narasimhadeva I. The temple had been designed in the shape of a chariot. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

The temple was once called the Black Pagoda as it was then believed to draw ships and cause shipwrecks. There are also other cultural site in India where the term ‘Pagodas’ has been referred. It is Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu. The site is believed to have had “The Seven Pagodas of Mahabalipuram”.

National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of India launched

On April 18, 2020, the Union Minister of culture Shri Prahlad Singh Patel launched the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The list is to include 13 elements that are already included in UNESCO Representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Highlights

The initiative is a part of Vision 2024 of Ministry of Culture. It aims to increase the awareness about intangible cultural heritages. The list will recognize the diversity in Indian Culture. The list already has 100 elements. However, the Ministry updates the list regularly.

UNESCO

According to UNESCO’s Convention for safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage held in 2003, there are 5 broad categories in the list. They are performing arts, rituals and festive events, social practices, knowledge and practices concerned with nature and traditional craftmanship.

What is Intangible Cultural Heritage?

The ICH is representation, practice, knowledge, expression of skills. It involves non-physical intellectual property such as beliefs, folklore, traditions, customs and language.