Planning to visit Puri during Ratha Jatra? Know details about parking arrangements

Bhubaneswar: The Puri district administration in Odisha will set up 30 temporary parking lots for devotees during this year’s Ratha Jatra, said an official today.

The administration will arrange parking lots for tourist buses at five places in the Holy City during the Car Festival. The tourist buses will be parked at Malatipatpur, a nearby khondalite stone stockyard, Talabania, Horticulture department office near Bai Das Nagar and Nagapatna, he added.

However, regular buses will be allowed to a bus stand near Srigundicha temple, said the official.

Devotees will be allowed to park their four-wheelers at 15 places in Puri city including an open place near Lokanath temple, near Yatrika guesthouse, Blue Flag beach, SCS College ground, Bhoodan Nagar, Helipad area, ITI College ground and Neelachal Ashoka Hotel ground, sources said.

The authorities will arrange parking lots for two-wheelers at SCS College ground, Sushama Garden, Jagannath Ballav, Masanichandi Square, Floris India and Krushak Bazar, they added.

“The Grand Road and all others connecting roads will be declared as no parking zones. No vehicle will be allowed to the Grand Road during Ratha Jatra and Bahuda Jatra,” said an official of traffic police.

Notably, the Ratha Jatra of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra is scheduled to be held on June 20 while Bahuda Jatra will be held on June 28.

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