Puri: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited the pilgrim town of Puri on Saturday and reviewed various works being taken up under the Augmentation Basic Amenities & Development of Heritage & Architecture (ABADHA) scheme including the heritage corridor project around the Jagannath Temple and ordered to complete the land acquisition process by January next year.
After offering prayers to the ‘Patitapabana’ from the ‘Singhadwar’ (Lion Gate), Patnaik had darshan of Neelchakra and prayed to Lord Jagannath for the well being of the people of Odisha. Following which he did a ‘Sampurna Parikrama’ of the temple by walking through the intersection and touring all the three gates of the temple.
During this, he reviewed in detail all aspects of the Shree Jagannath Heritage Corridor developed within the 75-metre area from the Meghnad Pachari (boundary wall) of the 12th-century shrine. On the Southeast side, from the erstwhile Emar Math site, he reviewed the arrangements that are being planned for the queue management system.
The Chief Minister directed that devotees should be able to have hassle-free entry through Singhadwar of the temple and adequate arrangements should be made for their comfort when devotees are waiting in queue to go inside the temple for Darshan of the Lord. He advised using technology for ensuring safety and security so that arrangements made are not very obtrusive.
While reviewing from the southern side of the Meghnad Pachari, he advised creating tree-shaded spaces so that Parikrama is comfortable with special emphasis on universal access. The heritage corridor should be designed in such a manner that Person with Disabilities should be able to go around ‘Parikrama’ on their own.
While reviewing on the western side, he advised that no utilities like electric substation or control in the master plan should be next to the Meghnad Pachari and the present CESU control room should be suitably shifted as devotees doing ‘Parikrama’ should have an unhindered view of the majesty of Meghnad Pachari.
For devotees coming from faraway places, adequate arrangements for keeping their belongings should be made, he added
While reviewing the northern side, the Chief Minister advised making adequate arrangements for serving Mahaprasad to a large number of people at one go. For elderly devotees, adequate arrangements for Electric Carts be made so that they don’t face any issue even if they are to park their vehicles at a distance.
Before his return, he directed to complete the land acquisition process by January 1, 2021, and start of work on the heritage corridor. He again thanked the people who have donated land for the project.and appreciated the officials and employees of various departments and the district administration for their hard work
The Chief Minister was accompanied by 5T Secretary VK Pandian, SJTA Chief Krishan Kumar, Development Commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Central DIG, Puri Collector, SP and Sub-Collector.