His Excellency Mr. Jussi Ilmari Pajunen Dated 10.10.2012
Honourable Mayor, City of Helsinki
We are a group of South Asian people ( Indian, Nepalese and Bangladeshis) who have been working and staying in Helsinki for past many years including those who have been living and working in Finland for more than 25 years.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has initiated a project for purchasing Puotila Manor from city of Helsinki. Negotiations are still in progress. Kindly refer to links section for the detailed write up on ISKCON. We all have been very actively involved in this project as we feel this Manor will act as a community centerfor ancient Indian & south Asian culture and tradition. All south Asian people staying in Finland and Finnish society at large will greatly benefit by this new cultural place. This center will act as common place for all of us south Asian people & Finnish citizens for having cultural programs, celebrating festivals, doing religious ceremonies and weekly get togethers. For those who are locals, the Puotila Project will serve as Restaurant and community center.
When we came to know about new / proposed project of ISKCON, we have been very happy as it would exactly suit our requirements. This project has been very close to our hearts and we have been actively working to make this grand success. The professional teams and experts in respective areas have been working more than four months on the areas like plans, renovation and risk analysis. Due to detailed and meticulous planning, this project has become technically and financially viable.
We request you to kindly extend all the possible help and support for this grand project which would be beneficial to all of us & Finnish Society at large. Let this be a new, wonderful chapter promoting Multi-cultural, Multi-racial, vibrant & diversified Helsinki City.
Thanking you in advance for cooperation and support.
Group of South Asian people in Finland