Peripheral dev work of Konark Temple to start soon

Bhubaneswar: Peripheral development work of the world famous Sun Temple at Konark would begin soon and tenders would be floated for execution of different jobs, official sources said today.

India Oil Foundation (IOF) has been given the responsibility of taking up the peripheral development works to be carried out with an investment of Rs 32 crore. About 55.68 acres have been identified for the purpose, they said.

Major components of this project include Construction of Interpretation Garden over an area of around 35 acres, Drop out Point over 3 acres, Interpretation Center over 4.50 acres and main parking over 13.20 acres.

The Peripheral Development Plan has also been approved by Director General of Archeological survey of India (ASI).

All the identified land are government land now being maintained by ASI. The ASI authorities have been requested to allow peripheral development works to be undertaken by Indian Oil Foundation, they said. The Collector Puri and Tahasildar have been asked to expedite the matter.