Bhubaneswar: The State Government is focussing on developing the world famous Konark Temple into a tourist destination of international standards. In a step towards this direction Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today held a meeting with senior officials and discussed modalities of the beautification and conservation project.
Naveen said Konark temple holds international significance and every year millions of people from around the world visit the age-old Sun Temple. Therefore it is essential to develop the infrastrucure and its perihery to match global standards.
Konark Temple is a masterpiece of Odisha art and architecture. It was built by Ganga dynasty ruler Raja Langula Narasingha Deb in the 13th centur. Though the main temple has been damaged over the centuries, the temple still stands tall and reflects the richness of Kalingan architecture.
“The temple is dedicated to the Sun God and depicts Odisha’s richness and relations with far-off countries. In 1984, the Konark temple was designated as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The temple’s conservation is our responsibility,” said Naveen.
The focus of the project will be to improve facilities for tourists, security of the temple, opportunities for local businessmen, and overall development of people of Konark and Puri district.
Six-laning of the outer ring road, development of the local roads leading to the temple, facilities for local traders, and proper landscaping of the peripheral areas will be done as a part of this project, said Naveen.
This apart, proper signage, pointers, an entry plaza and multi modal parking hub will be developed. The opinion of the people of the State has also been sought in this regard to make the site more beautiful.
Among others, Minister Tushar Kanti Behera, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian and senior officials were present at the meeting.