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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik approves project worth Rs. 265 crores for Puri’s devlpoment

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In a high-level state committee chaired by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday, five welfare schemes worth 265 crores were approved for the development of Puri. The government has taken the decision in order to develop the infrastructure of the Puri temple.

Considering the large footfall of devotees from all over the globe, Naveen Patnaik’s government has decided to upgrade the existing infrastructure and offer high-quality services to people.

The development of infrastructure in the temple will be taken under the state government’s “Abadha Yojana”. Abadha (Augmentation of Basic Amenities & Development of Heritage & Architecture) Yojana launched by the Department of Culture and Tourism in March 2017 aims to improve the infrastructure of Puri city. The scheme was rolled out with the initial corpus of Rs. 100 crores in 2017-18. The scheme has an ambitious aim of transforming Puri into world-class heritage city.

The government has planned to overhaul the parking accommodation and shop space. For this, a plan to create two multi-level parking space has been proposed, that could accommodate 400 cars on each level. As quoted by ANI, a statement of Chief Minister’s Office read, “Under these projects, 1250 shops, multi Level parking space with the accommodation facility of 400 cars each will be constructed. All the government offices including the Puri Collector’s office will be accommodated under a single roof. The municipal market will be renovated into a modern market complex and beautification work will be done.”

The decision to bring all the government offices in the region, including the office of Puri’s collector was also taken up. This will ensure easy accessibility to offices by the general public. The meeting also decided to construct 1250 shops at the Old Jail area in Puri and renovate the municipality markets in an ultra-modern way.

The responsibility for carrying the infrastructural development works has been accorded to the Works Department and Odisha Bridges and Construction Corporation Limited.

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