Odisha CM sanctions Rs 3 cr, an acre land for dharmasala in Puri for Kulta community

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today sanctioned Rs 3 crore and an acre of land for construction of a dharmasala (lodge) in Puri town for the people of Kulta community.

The proposed dharmasala will come up at the sanctioned patch of land located in Sunamuhna Mouza, Puri.

Lakhs of devotees from the community visit the pilgrim town every year for darshan of Lord Jagannath. A delegation of Odisha Kulta Samaj comprising members from Boudh, Sonepur, Sambalpur and Brajrajnagar had on November 28 met the CM at his residence here and requested him to allot a land in Puri for the dharmasala that will provide accommodation to the devotees.

The delegation said that Odisha Kulta Samaj has been playing a key role in establishment of Jagannath temples and promotion of Jagannath culture in villages dominated by Kulta community in the state.

Accepting their request, CM Patnaik had directed Puri Collector to identify land at proper location in Puri town within a week.

Patnaik directed the district administration to oversee the project so that the construction work will be completed in a year.

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