Rs 300 cr sanctioned for Heritage Security Zone development around Srimandir

Bhubaneswar: The state Government has sanctioned Rs 300 crore from the Odisha Contingency Fund (OCF) to meet land acquisition charges for development of Heritage Security Zone around Srimandir under ABADHA scheme during 2019-20 fiscal year.

A detailed sanction order for incurring expenditure against the OCF advance has been issued in favour of the Executive Engineer of Puri R & B Division, said a letter written to the Accountant General by Financial Advisor and Additional Secretary to Government S Kanungo.

Worth mentioning the Government has decided to transform the pilgrim town into a world heritage city in three years at a total cost of Rs 3,208 crore under the ABADHA scheme. While Rs 719 crore has been earmarked for 2019-20, the cost of the projects will be around Rs 1402 crore and Rs 1,087 crore in 2020-21 and 2021-22, respectively.

The projects include development of the heritage security zone, Shree Setu, Musa river revival plan, Jagannath Ballav pilgrim centre, various housing projects, upgradation of Raghunandan Library, Atharnala heritage project and development of heritage lakes.

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