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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

The work for the much awaited Puri Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project has kicked off. The foundation stone for the mega project was laid last year on November 24, 2021.

Puri District Administration had carried out an extensive eviction drive in the vicinity of the 12th-century shrine to make way for the Heritage Corridor following the Odisha Cabinet’s resolution for the construction of the showpiece developmental project.

The Heritage Corridor Project is being implemented within a 75-metre radius of the Meghanada Pacheri (wall) of the temple. The State Government has earmarked Rs 331.28 crore for the project and a tender in this regard has been fixed.

As per Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) sources, a blueprint has been prepared for beautification around Srimandir with construction of bhajan mandap, sanskruti mandapa, clock room, tourist restroom and Sraddha Sthala in place.

All temple and mutts around the corridor will be made as per Utkaliya art style. Few modifications have been made in the blueprint for the security of the tourists and convenience of local people as well.

Meanwhile, as many as 10 servitors along with some other members of Srimandir Managing Committee have paid a visit to Golden Temple Corridor in Amritsar and Kasi Biswanath Temple Corridor in Varanasi to observe the design of those projects and give inputs to the Chief temple administrator of Srimandir.

Director General (DG) of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had also reviewed developmental projects in and around Srimandir two days ago. As per the Chief Administrator of Srimandir, Krishan Kumar, work for the Heritage Corridor Project will be undertaken under proper guidance from ASI.

“The work for the Puri Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project will be undertaken jointly by the temple administration and Archaeological Survey of India,” said Kumar.

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