Berhampur, November 9 (LocalWire): The fate of a project for the development of the Maa Budhi Thakurani temple that had been sanctioned by the state government five years ago hangs in the balance following the tourism department decision, six months ago, to scrap it.
The government had sanctioned over Rs 1.15 crore in 2014-15 for the development of the infrastructure of the temple.
The proposed project included the construction of a gate, public convenience centre and toilet facilities, besides setting up adequate lights, drinking water and parking facilities near the temple.
Implementation of the project, however, hit a roadblock due to the non-availability of suitable land and litigation among some priests of the temple. Though a number of high-level meetings were held during the period to take forward the project, the litigants could not agree to an amicable solution.
During a departmental review meeting in the first week of April, the government decided to drop the project.
Meanwhile, the land dispute case pending in the high court over was also vacated on April 16, paving the way for the implementation of the project, said an engineer of the state-owned Odisha State Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC), the implementing agency of the project.
According to OTDC assistant engineer Sanat Kumar Pradhan, “The tender has already been finalized about a year ago. We have written to the department seeking approval to start the project and waiting for the government’s response to kick start it.”
Speaking on the matter, Berhampur MLA Bikram Kumar Panda said that he had raised the issue at a district-level review meeting on tourism development and requested the district administration to re-sanction the amount for the development of the temple.
“I will soon discuss this with the tourism minister Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi and try to get re-sanction of the project. Now there is no problem for its implantation,” he said.
The temple is located on the heart of the town, and Maa Budhi Thakurani is known as the presiding deity of the Silk City.