Puri, Oct 29 (LocalWire) In the ongoing drive to beautify this temple town, Puri district administration on Tuesday bulldozed a half-a-century-old unsafe market complex.
Run by Puri Urban Local Body (ULB) , the Mahodhadi market complex, which housed 58 shops, was constructed in 1968 over an acre of land at Mochisahi chowk in the heart of the town.
However, It was demolished today after being declared unsafe by the public works department. The shopkeepers had earlier been served eviction notice.
The demolition work has been peaceful and incident-free, official sources said.
The structure was in dilapidated state and had to be pulled down to pave way for construction of a modern multi-storied business hub as its repair and reconstruction was not cost-effective, said Puri Collector Balwant Singh.
The proposed modern standard market complex will be equipped with parking facility for 100 four-wheelers and adequate space for two wheelers as well.
The affected traders will be accommodated in the proposed market complex on priority basis.
The State government has drawn up a blueprint to rechristen Puri into an international heritage spot. The heritage project includes, among other things, infrastructure development, multi-lane roads, bridges, multi-level parking, amenities for pilgrims, revival of Musa river, rehabilitation of those evicted from the security zone and renovation of lakes.
Besides, the Shamuka beach tourism project near the temple town is also poised for takeoff.
The components of the mega project includes luxury hotels, golf courses and golf villas, residential condominiums, hospitality institutes, high street bazaar and crafts village.