Puri Jagannath Temple Repair Works, Peripheral Development Expedited

Puri: The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is carrying out deplastering work of Puri Jagannath Temple’s Meghanad Pachery (outer boundary wall). This will be completed by the end of June, said officials of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today.

Besides, the repair and maintenance work of Mahalaxmi Temple will begin from March first week, the officials informed after a review meeting of the SJTA held here today.

CCTV cameras on the premises of the Srimandir have been damaged during severe cyclone Fani. The SJTA has sanctioned Rs 80 lakh for the restoration of CCTVs and the work is being carried out by Odisha Police Housing Corporation. The work has been expedited and very soon all CCTVs will be functional, the SJTA stated.

Cleanliness of the inner sections of the shrine, peripheral development, electricity connection, drinking water supply, toilets for the devotees, luggage, and shoe stand – these were among the 12 crucial areas discussed during the meeting today. The SJTA resolved to address the issues and complete the works at the earliest.

“Every Tuesday we will have a review meeting on similar lines to oversee the development works. The highlights of the meeting will be shared with Shree Jagannath Temple Management Committee for further action,” the temple’s administrator (development) Ajay Kumar Jena said.

Among others, Niti Administrator, ASI, OBCC, Puri Municipality, and IDCO officials were present at the meeting.

Ajay Kumar Jena, Administrator (Development), Srimandir