Bhubaneswar, December 19 (LocalWire) : Puri district administration on Thursday removed the tombstone of late Chief Minister Biju Patnaik at the sea-facing Swargadwar crematorium at the pilgrim town.
The tombstone popularly called as Biju Samadhi Pitha pulled down as directed by the State government to make the Swargadwar crematorium more spacious, said officials.
The memorial or the Samadhi of later leader (father of incumbent chief minister Naveen Patnaik) was removed as part of the plan to beautify and revamp the cremation ground. The government has sanctioned Rs five crore for the renovation of Swargadwar, literally meaning gateway to heaven.
The crematorium will be remodeled into modern one with improved facilities for performance of last rites.
The crematorium is being remodeled into modern one with improved facilities for performance of last rites, the officials added.