Naveen seeks special central assistance of Rs 1397-cr for Nabakalebara-2015

Bhubaneswar: A day after writing to the union culture minister demanding an ASI office unit at Puri, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday sought Special Central Assistance from the Planning commission of India for the Nabakalebara ceremony, which is the most important event in the culture of Lord Jagannath.
 
In a letter to deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Naveen sought a financial assistance of Rs 1397 cr for the development works to be taken up for the grand festival.
 
“The projected requirement of funds for developmental works to be taken up in view of Nabakalabara-2015 is around Rs 1,397 cr. I seek your personal intervention for the support of the planning Commission for this important religious and cultural event of Eastern India”, Naveen wrote in his latest epistle.
 
The CM sought the sums as a large number of projects including new infrastructure development and strengthening of existing services and amenities are lined up for the big event. In view of an expected congregation of nearly 50 lakhs pilgrims to witness this momentous occasion, the government would give much importance to provision of drinking water, sanitation, health, sewerage, drainage, expansion of grid stations,  law and order, augmentation of road network and improvement of railway station, the CM apprised Montek through the letter.
 
“Health care and trauma care centers will be established. A comprehensive mobility plan including routes and parking is under preparation. Temporary township and other accommodation and shelters shall be put up in substantial numbers”, he noted.
 
The Nabakalebar ritual, which takes place in every 12 to 19 years, is followed for centuries and it is the grandest of all ceremonies in which the deities leave their old form and assume new ones.