Malatipatpur terminal readies for mega fest

Bhubaneswar: The Rs 65 crore ultra-modern bus terminus built along the Bhubaneswar-Puri national highway at Malatipatpur is ready to accommodate about 600 buses at a time. The terminal spread over 10 acre of land will be used for parking of tourist buses while the Talabania terminal on the outskirts of Puri town will accommodate local vehicles only, said district administration officials.

Meanwhile, it has prepared a route map for the convenience of the tourists visiting the temple town during the mega event.

“The pilgrims will take free shuttle services from Malatipatpur to Puri town during the festival. They will be dropped at Atharanala, one of the entrances of Puri, from where they will have to walk till Jagannath Temple on Grand Road. Since the distance between Atharanala and Jagannath Temple is only around 1.5 km, pilgrims will not face much inconvenience,” an official said.

Similarly, free shuttle services have been planned for the devotees who will alight at Talabania terminal. The shuttles will cover a distance of four kilometers and drop the pilgrims near the Grand Road.

The district administration said two temporary bus stands are built at Talabania and Manglaghat, situated on the outskirts of two separate entry points to Puri.

“Buses coming from Konark will park the vehicles at Talabania. Vehicles from Brahmagiri will be parked at Mangalaghat,” the officer added.

Meanwhile, reviewing a meet on Nabakalebar related infrastructure projects, chief secretary GC Pati said all the projects are at their last leg and would be completed within 2-3 days.

Pati said the Samajapur over bridge work has been completed while the under pass work near Sakhigopal will take two days to finish. The public works department (PWD) officials informed that 38 out of 47 roads have been completed.