Complete Srimandir Parikrama project by Ratha Jatra: Odisha Chief Secy to officials

Puri: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra directed today the officials concerned to complete the ongoing Srimandir Parikrama project in Puri before Ratha Jatra. He was on an official visit to the pilgrim town to review the progress of various development and beautification works.

An administrative official said that the Chief Secretary first visited Swargadwar (gateway to heaven) to review the development and beautification works at the cremation ground.

“There are 28 Pindis (altars meant for cremation) in Swargadwar where funeral pyres can be lit for as many as 70-80 bodies in a day. Provisions for basic amenities like restaurant, waiting room, toilet and drinking water standpost etc have also been made, which can be expanded whenever the need arises,” Mahapatra expressed while briefing mediapersons.

Later, the Chief Secretary reviewed the progress of the Srimandir Parikrama project.

“Work is progressing well and the Heritage Corridor Project is likely to be completed in the next three months. People will have a very nice view of the temple from all sides after the project completes,” Mahapatra stated.

Mahapatra was accompanied by Puri Collector Samarth Verma and several other senior officials.

Notably, some battery-powered vehicles will be pressed into service to facilitate the convenient movement of visitors and devotees directly to and fro the shrine and parking place.

Development and beautification work for the Srimandir Parikrama project is being expeditiously carried out. Khondalite stone is being used for the cladding of structures as per the project plan.

Trees are to be planted in sufficient numbers to enhance the aesthetic value of the heritage corridor project. Devotees will be able to sit under the trees and even meditate in shade.

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