Mrunal Manmay Dash

Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena reviewed the developments in Srimandir Parikrama Project on Tuesday night. He inspected the work of yajna sthal, yatri parikrama and Srimarg.

Jena was accompanied by district collector and officials of Tata and Odisha Bridge & Construction Corporation Limited (OBCC).

As per reports, the OBCC will complete the work of the Yatri Parikrama and hand it over to the district administration by January 11. The work on garbage lifting and cleaning has already started from yesterday.

After this, water will be sprinkled by the fire department. The Chief Secretary said that there has been a lot of progress in the last three days. Paver blocks are being installed on 800 metres of Srimarg. Out of 800 metres, there are problems in 300 metres of road.

The Chief Secretary expressed hope that the work on The Srimarg will be completed soon as underground cabling and water pipes have been completed.

He informed that nine mechanical sliding doors will be installed and they will be operated manually. Its management will be in the hands of the police administration and the temple administration.

“All the materials have already reached here. Laying of these paver blocks will be completed soon. Our apprehension about underground cabling and sewerage system has been addressed and completed within time. I think the Srimarg will be completed by January 12,” Jena said.

Odisha government is all set for the inauguration of the Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project (Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa) on January 17. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to join the concluding ceremony of Yajna and the public dedication of the Parikrama Project on January 17.

Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has drawn up a list of temples and guests as invitees to grace the inauguration ceremony which is expected to draw lakhs of devotees from across the country and abroad.