Bhubaneswar: Secretary to Odisha Chief Minister (5T) V.K. Pandian today visited Puri and reviewed the progress of development of Swargadwar, Gosalas for stray cattle and rehabilitation of the beggars.
Puri, being the holy abode of Mahaprabu Lord Jagannath, attracts a large number of pilgrims from across the world every year and is also one amongst the four most sacred places of India’s ‘Char Dham’.
In the aftermath of the devastating cyclone FANI last year, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced his commitment to develop Puri into a world heritage city. As part of his 5T initiative, a number of developmental works has already started since then to give Puri its rightful place in the world tourisim map.
Accordingly, the redevelopment of Swargadwar constitutes an important part of the initiative and work has started with funding from the CMRF (Chief Minister’s Relief Fund). The target for the completion of redevelopment work will be completed by next March.
As an interim measure, shed and other facilities are being provided to people visiting Swargadwar for cremation of their relatives.
To make the Badadanda clean, the stray cattle have also been shifted to Gosalas.700 cattle have been shifted from Badadanda to Gosalas and another 400 will be shifted in next one month. Funding for the next five years for feed and maintenance has been tied up from CMRF.
Similarly, steps have also been taken for the rehabilitation of beggars of Badadanda so that they can lead a respectful life.
In the meantime, 500 beggars have been rescued from Badadanda and rehabilitated in various institutions. Out of the rescued, 150 have been traced and reunited with their families. Funding is being met from the State Government.
Pandian also visited Banki Muhana and Puri blue flag beach and Niladri beach.
During the review, Puri Collector, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Commissioners were also present.
BMC and CMC will also take up shifting of stray cattle and rehabilitate them in Gosalas of their respective areas. They will also start rehabilitation work of beggars in their areas.
These initiatives to give pilgrim city Puri a fresh new look will usher in a historic generational change, said the Secretary to CM (5T).