Puri: Amidst criticism over proposed bylaws framed by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) for Puri Srimandir, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said that the Centre can never create hindrance in development projects in Puri.
“Nobody can stop the work of Lord Jagannath,” Patnaik told people after paying obeisance to Lord Jagannath and His holy siblings at the Jagannath Temple today.
The CM today visited Puri Srimandir to offer prayer to deities for the first time after COVID-19 lockdown.
He landed at Talabania helipad in Puri in a special chopper and headed for the Jagannath Temple amid tight security. The servitors welcomed Patnaik with customary ‘Khandua’.
Accompanied by 5T Secretary VK Pandian and other officials including Puri Collector Samarth Verma, Patnaik entered into the temple in the morning.
“This is the first time I am visiting the temple in the time of pandemic. I prayed for prosperity and peace of people of Odisha. I thank people who sacrificed for the temple and their sacrifices will not go in vain,” Patnaik told people outside Singhadwar of the temple.
On controversial NMA bylaws, he said, “I have spoken to the NMA. The Centre should remove the new bylaws and nobody can stop the good work for the Lord .”