Cuttack: As a mark of true tribute to great freedom fighter and able son of the soil Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid foundation stone for an ultra-modern bus terminal, named after Netaji, in Cuttack city, the birth place of the great soul.
In his keynote address on the special occasion, the Chief Minister said, “Today with laying of the foundation stone for the Cuttack Netaji Bus Terminus begins the year-long celebrations of the 125th birth anniversary of Netaji. I’m sure this bus terminus will achieve international status,” said the Chief Minister.
“Netaji is the son of Cuttack’s soil. He was born and brought up here. This sacred soil of Cuttack inculcated in him the mantra of service, struggle and sacrifice. Hence, the State Government has decided to celebrate yearlong the 125 birth anniversary of Netaji, the Chief Minister added.
He also stated, “Netaji’s supreme sacrifice for the nation can never be forgotten. He played a unique role in India’s freedom struggle and his patriotism as well as indomitable courage will remain imprinted for good in the annals of the Indian history. The bus terminal here in the city will be built up into a role model for the nation.
Necessary measures will be taken at this bus terminal so that Netaji’s memory would spontaneously dawn on the head and heart of a visitor. Every visitor to this bus terminal will go back with the knowledge of Netaji’s life and freedom struggle. This terminal will definitely enhance the glory of this millennium city.”
Earlier on January 13, the Chief Minister had announced that the bus terminal would be named after Netaji while today he paid floral tributes to Netaji at his birthplace based at Odia Bazaar of this historic-cum-erstwhile capital city of Odisha.
Notably, this ultra-modern bus terminal is to be constructed on 12 acres of land at Khan Nagar area in the millennium city at an outlay of Rs 65 crore while 180 buses could be accommodated in it at a time. It is being constructed under the 5T initiative of Odisha Government.