Bhubaneswar/Balangir: On the directions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, a high level committee today visited the areas of Nrusinghanath and Harishankar temples in Balangir district and discussed about their composite development plan.
Speaking to media persons on the spot, Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra informed, “As per the direction of the Chief Minister, myself, WODC Chairman, 5T Secretary and Special Secretary, Sports have visited today to review the proposed composite development plan of Nrusinghanath and Harishankar temples. A special team of experts will be deputed here so that a master plan could be prepared for the entire area and necessary investment will be made as lakhs of tourists will be well benefitted.”
He added, “The trekking route between Nrusinghanath and Harishankar will also be developed. We held a detailed discussion on these aspects. The local SP, Collector, DFO and other officers of the district are taking part in the discussion. We will also be holding discussions with the locals before preparing the master plan.”
Responding to media query, the Chief Secretary stated, “The feasibility of rope way will also be studied. The team of experts will visit and look into the details and this is also included in it.”
The high level committee, comprising of the Chief Secretary, Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) Chairman and Principal Advisor to CM Asit Tripathy, Secretary to Chief Minister and 5T Secretary V. K. Pandian, made the visit today as these two temples are important tourist and spiritual place of Odisha and there is tremendous potential to develop it as a part of major tourist circuit.
Besides, this historic site is closely associated with the social, cultural and spiritual life of the region following which the pilgrims and tourists from the State and beyond visit in large numbers, especially during the important festivals.
In view of the importance and popularity, the Chief Minister has directed to take up the project for development and heritage conservation, the CMO sources said.
This transformational project will include beautification, pilgrim amenities, approach roads, tourist facilities, trekking routes, feasibility of ropeway, facilities for marriage halls, water conservation features etc. Reputed professional teams will be assigned for preparing the master plan for the two temple areas, the sources added.
In addition to the visit to the two temple areas, the high level committee along with Water Resource Secretary Anu Garg and other senior departmental officials also visited the Lower Suktel Irrigation Project at Magurbeda in the district and reviewed its status.
Apart from engineering and proposed enhanced irrigational aspects, the committee also discussed about the land acquisition compensation, rehabilitation and resettlement issues of the displaced and affected people.
The committee directed that all the issues should be resolved and the project execution should be expedited.
Prominent among others, Balangir Collector Chanchal Rana, SP Nitin Kushalkar and other district officials were present during the high level committee’s visit.