Bhubaneswar: The 5T Secretary VK Pandian today visited the Lingaraj Temple to review a mega project for development of Ekamra Kshetra in Bhubaneswar.
Accompanied by a team of officials including Works Secretary and BMC Commissioner, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s Private Secretary visited the centuries old temple early in the morning.
He directed the officials to expedite the project work and set the target for completion of the Ekamra Kshetra Development Project by end of November this year.
Pandian also reviewed the new road connecting from Lingaraj market to Taleswar Chhak, development work of eastern plaza in front of the temple, northern plaza at northern gate of the temple. The drainage system around the temples including Lingaraj Temple were in the focus of review.
Source said that over 80% land has been acquired by the Government for development of the project. The plan for widening of roads is likely to be completed before Mahashivaratri next year.
The land of two mutts have been acquired for the temple beautification project. The devotees will have a clear view of Bindu Sagar from the northern gate of Lingaraj Temple. The open space will give the devotees a divine experience of being able to see the temple from Bindu Sagar, the source said.
Also, the alternative road work will be completed by the deadline for ease of traffic and convenience of devotees.
The work under the beautification project had stopped since March this year due to COVID-19 outbreak in the State.
The heritage project envisages beautification of site around Lingaraj temple providing all amenities for the devotees and tourists.