Puri, Oct 20 (LocalWire) As part of its drive to revamp pilgrim town Puri into an international heritage spot, Odisha government today bulldozed an unsafe and dilapidated market complex located in the heart the city.
Run by Puri Urban Local Body (ULB) , the market complex, which housed 159 shops, had come in the 1970’s over an area of 1.25 acres of land.
However, It was demolished today after being declared unsafe by the state public works department.
Puri Collector Balwant Singh told the LocalWire that the structure was pulled down to pave way for construction of a modern multi-storied business hub as its repair and reconstruction was not cost-effective.
The proposed modern standard market complex with 450 shops will be equipped with parking facility for 100 four-wheelers and adequate space for two wheelers as well.
The tender bidding process has been initiated and they are hopeful that the commissioning of the proposed facility will be over by early 2021, he said.
The demolition exercise was entirely resistance free with the shop owners voluntarily vacating the unsafe property.
The affected traders will be accommodated in the proposed market complex on priority basis.
Besides, 300 other traders whose shops were demolished within 75-metre radius of Meghanad Prachir, the compound wall of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple, will also be rehabilitated there, the Collector Singh said.
The international heritage project that the State plans to implement in this seaside resort includes, among other things, infrastructure development, multi-lane roads, bridges, multi-level parking facility, amenities for pilgrims, revival of Musa river, rehabilitation of those evicted from the security zone and renovation of lakes.