Puri: Secretary to the Chief Minister (5T ) VK Pandian today visited Puri and reviewed the progress of development of Swargadwar and ‘Gosala’ for stray cattle and rehabilitation of beggars.
After Cyclone FANI devastated Puri city, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced his commitment to develop Puri as a World heritage city.
Redevelopment of Swargadwar constitutes an important part of the 5T initiative .
An official said accordingly the work has started with funding from CMRF. The redevelopment work will be completed by next March.
As an interim measure shed and other facilities are being provided to people visiting Swargadwar for cremation of their relatives.
To make the ‘Badadanada’ clean the stray cattle have also been shifted to Gosalas. As many as 700 cattle have been shifted from Badadanda to Gosalas and another 400 will be shifted in next one month. Funding for next five years for feed and maintenance has been tied up from CMRF.
Similarly steps have also been taken for rehabilitation of beggars so that they can lead a respectful life. In the meantime 500 beggars have been rescued from Badadanda and rehabilitated in various institutions. Out of the rescued 150 have been traced and reunited with their families. The funding is being met from the State Government.
Also, Pandian visited Banki Muhana and Puri blue flag beach.
During the review the Puri Collector, the Commissioners of BMC and Cuttack Municipal Corporation were also present.
The BMC and the CMC will also take up shifting of stray cattle and rehabilitate in Gosalas of their respective areas. They will also start rehabilitation work of beggars in their areas .