Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik announced package of Rs 500 crore to develop Puri as a World Heritage city

Bhubaneswar: In a bid to transform Puri into a ‘world heritage city’, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced a major infra development package of ₹500Cr with emphasis on revival of water bodies, connectivity and tourist facilities . The package has been focused on a range of modernisation plans that include infra development, multi-lane road, bridges, multi-level parking, amenities, the revival of Musa river, rehabilitation of the affected in the security zone, renovation of lakes and Matha defining initiative.

Under ABADHA program, ₹256Cr already allotted for infra development in Puri. Other initiatives include construction of state’s first trumpet bridge in the town and development of Atharnala. With special focus on rejuvenation of water bodies, Musa river & its confluence with Mangala river will be revived while a sacred pond will be constructed on 28 acres land and other sacred ponds will be renovated .Development of various urban facilities for tourists also in focus with the initiative to build multi-lane roads and develop large parking facilities. This will be instrumental in decongesting traffic in the town, adding to the convenience of tourists.

Chairing a meeting at Lok Seva Bhawan here today, the Chief Minister said that infrastructure development of Puri is crucial to make it an attractive World Heritage city. Considering the present security environment, it is highly essential to strengthen the security features of the Shree Jagannath Temple. There can be no compromise on the security of the Puri temple. The Chief Minister appealed to the people of Puri city to consider Puri Temple security as a service and cooperate in the initiatives of the Government.

The following decisions have been taken at the meeting.

New link road connectivity from Puri bypass from Malatipatpur to Jagganath Ballav Matha at a cost of Rs.190 crore. This 1.5 Km iconic link will be connected by a Trumpet Bridge (Shree Setu Project).
The Jagganath Ballav Matha will be developed as an attractive pilgrim centre with multi-level car parking, amenities, commercial and meditation space and multi-modal hub at a cost of Rs.180 crore.
Musa river will be revived and connected to Mangala river at a cost of Rs.85 crore. The focus will be on restoring natural ecology, recreational activities at the river edge, green wage and network o lakes.
Atharnala will be developed as an iconic pedestrian heritage bridge with the support of ASI.
A lake will be developed on 28 acres of land at a cost of Rs.35 crore.
Security zone and Redefining of Mathas – the Mathas of Puri have a traditional link with the temple rituals. The Government is quite careful with a seamless continuation of this special tradition. Therefore, the Mathas coming under the security zone will be redefined. The CM has stressed on the conservation of ancient artefacts of the Mathas.

The shops and houses coming under security zone will be shifted. In addition to the rehabilitation package, the Government will provide house and shop to the affected as the case may be.
Many heritage lakes of Puri such as Sweta Ganga, Markanda, Narendra and Indradyumna will be renovated and heritage sites will be preserved The Chief Minister has directed to complete all these projects in two years. The Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation will take responsibility for these projects.
The meeting was attended by Law Minister, Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner D.G.P., Law Secretary, Puri Collector, Central Zone DIG and Puri S.P.

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