Bhubaneswar, October 22 (LocalWire): The state government has decided to invest Rs 3,208 crore for the development of the temple town Puri under its Augmentation Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABHADA) scheme.
The scheme would be implemented in three years and aims to provide better and affordable facilities for the increasing number of pilgrims and tourists and ensure safety at the seaside resort and to protect Sri Jagannath temple from all possible threats, official sources said.
Of the total project cost, Rs 719 crore would be utilised in the current fiscal followed by Rs 1,402 crore in the next financial year and Rs 1087 crore in 2021-22. The scheme was launched in 2017-18.
According to sources, a few projects including Rest Room for Habishialis, improvement of roads at different locations in Puri and a stadium are now being implemented.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had visited Puri after cyclone Fani and announced to develop Puri into a world heritage city.
The government had also approved the projects recommended by Justice Bimal Prasad Das commission, which was constituted to advise on better administration and governance of Sri Jagannath temple and its endowments.
The projects which have been approved under the ABHADA scheme include the development of heritage security zone, Shree Setu Project, Musa river revival plan, Jagannath Ballav Pilgrim Centre, housing projects .
The initiative also includes Puri Lake Development Project, setting up Raghunandan Library, Aacharya Harihar Square Redevelopment Project, Atharanala Heritage Project, Matha Development Initiative, and Development of Heritage Lakes.
While the estimated cost of these projects is Rs 2,308 crore, the government has kept Rs 900 crore as a reserve for few more initiatives that have been planned to be taken up in the future, sources said.