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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: A resolution on the Puri Shree Jagannath Heritage Corridor project was passed unanimously in the Odisha Assembly on Saturday.

Three resolutions were moved by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who addressed the house through video conferencing. It was followed by a voice vote to clear the resolutions.

Legislators from the opposition BJP and Congress unanimously supported the resolutions which have been brought in for the development of the Puri Jagannath temple precincts.

During his address Patnaik, while introducing the resolutions, urged everyone concerned to work together to complete the Puri Jagannath Temple Corridor Project. He also proposed to give all Odias and Lord Jagannath devotees a chance to contribute and expressed his gratitude to the people of Puri who, he said, have made sacrifices for the Srimandir Parikrama Plan.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expresses his gratitude towards Puri Gajapati Maharaj, servitors, and people of Puri for their cooperation in the grand initiative.

Patnaik said that the primary focus in the proposed project was threefold when the Justice BP Das Commission had mooted for the safety corridor. Those include- the safety of the Jagannath temple and lakhs of devotees who throng the holy town and also the creation of a spiritual ambiance for devotees visiting the temple.

Puri Collector Samarth Verma said, “The process of acquisition of land within the 75 meters corridor is almost complete. At present we are going ahead with the acquisition through continuous negotiation. We are trying to resolve the issue by compulsory land acquisition and through direct purchase route.”

Verma further said that a detailed plan was presented by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Odisha Assembly. “All issues will be resolved by the district administration on a priority basis,” he added.

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