Suryakant Jena

The Puri Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Tuesday approved Rs 190 crore annual budget for the 2021-22 fiscal. 

The temple authorities informed that efforts will be undertaken to enhance the generation of income by leasing mining quarries owned by the Lord Jagannath.

The temple managing committee chaired by Puri Gajapati Maharaj Dibya Singha Deb has approved the actual receipt and expenditures for 2020-21 and also cleared the budget estimate for the 2021-22 fiscal. 

Briefing media persons on the outcome of the meeting, SJTA Chief Administrator Kishan Kumar said that there is a plan to generate revenue of around Rs 106 crore from earnings while the budgetary expenditure has been pegged at Rs 85 crore. 

The temple administration has placed expenditure of Rs 12.72 crore for Ratha Jatra and Snana Purnima rituals of the Lord Jagannath while Rs 15 Crore as Palia Puraskar and Rs 21 crore on for various other developmental works have been earmarked. 

The authorities have planned to generate income of around Rs 37 crore as interest from fixed deposits and Rs 6 crore from donations. Similarly, an income of around Rs 60 crore is expected to be generated from execution of land deeds and acquisitions. 

The budgetary list also mentions about the Odisha government’s assistance package of Rs 42 crore. The rest Rs 70 crore is expected to be deposited in the corpus fund. The temple administration has decided to raise the corpus fund of the temple from Rs 675 to Rs 750 crore by the turn of the fiscal. 

The temple administration has also decided to ink pact with the Odisha Mining Corporation for extraction of Khondalite stones.
Temple administrator Kisha Kumar informed that steps will be taken very soon to resolve the land issues emerging out in the pilgrim town. 

Likewise, the temple management has also approved the advance payment of over Rs 93 lakhs to a firm for silver cladding of the doors of the temple of Lord Suryanarayan in front of the Mahalaxmi shrine in the Srimandir complex.