AC shed, vendor-free Grand Road for smooth darshan at Jagannath temple in Odisha’s Puri

Bhubaneswar: The Puri district administration and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) will introduce a slew of measures to ensure smooth darshan for devotees at Jagannath temple.

These measures will be introduced ahead of the New Year, said Puri Sub-Collector Bhabataran Sahu.

The administration has removed all street vendors from the surroundings of Jagannath temple and on the Grand Road in between the 12th century shrine and Marichikot Square to ensure free movement of devotees.

It has planned to set up an air-conditioned (AC) shed with sitting facilities on the Grand Road for welfare of the devotees.

“The authorities have started a survey for setting up of the 84-metre-long and 12-metre-wide AC shed. Steps are being taken to complete the project by December 25,” added the Sub-Collector.

The AC shed will be built on a portion of the Grand Road in between Marichikot Square and SJTA office. It will have steel barricades and sitting facilities for the devotees, he said.

According to sources, the administration has planned to declare the entire Grand Road from Jagannath temple to Srigundicha temple as no-vending zone. In the initial phase, the administration has removed street vendors in between Srimandir and Marichikot Square and rehabilitated them at Jagannath Ballav. The street vendors will be provided with Rs 15,000 compensation each per month for a certain period, sources said.

“All the buildings along the Grand Road will be painted in a uniform coat ahead of the inauguration of Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor on January 17 next year. An AC shed will be set up on the Grand Road for the welfare of the devotees,” said the Sub-Collector.

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