Bhubaneswar: In sequel to Puri Jagannath Temple and Lord Lingaraj Temple here in the Temple City of Odisha, the complete development and beautification of the holy shrine of Sambalpur’s presiding deity Maa Samaleswari will be taken up soon.
While the project will be executed under the 5T Initiative of the State Government, it has been targeted to complete within two years.
A special package will be announced for the temple priests and the persons losing land. The special package will cover their rehabilitation and relocation.
The Samaleswari Temple Development Project involves beautification, peripheral renovation, development of heritage corridor, ‘bhoga mandap’, ‘jatri niwas’, parking lots and the front portion of river Mahanadi as the temple is situated on the river bank.
This had been earlier announced by the Chief Minister during his visit to Samaleswari Temple just before the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
In this context, a high level delegation deputed by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today toured Maa Samaleswari Mandir and held detailed discussions by visiting the sacred spot.
While the high level delegation comprised Western Odisha Development Council (WODC) chairperson Asit Tripathy, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra and Secretary to CM (5T) V.K. Pandian, they personally visited the project site.
State Works Secretary Krishan Kumar and Sambalpur Collector Shubham Saxena apprised the delegation with a presentation on the proposed project.
Northern RDC, DIG and Sambalpur SP were also present during the visit and presentation.