25 September 2019
Puri: Swargadwar-literally meaning'Gateway to Heaven'-the cremation ground of the Hindus in Odisha's pilgrim city-Puri is up for a makeover.
Puri Collector Balwant Singh has informed that preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the makeover of the Swargadwar is underway.
The district administration plans to remodel it on the lines of Mahaprasthanam Crematoriums in Andhra Pradesh and Telengana.
"The district administration had invited firms which were associated with the development of Mahaprasthanam and other such crematorium projects in AP and Telengana. Details of the plot size etc.of Swargadwar have been provided to them and they are working on it,"Singh said.
Sources said Puri Collector and Additional Collector had visited Andhra Pradesh and Telengana to have an idea about the design and functioning of Mahaprasthanam Crematoriums in these States.
A team of experts from the firm which has designed and executed the Mahaprasthanam Crematoriums had visited Puri recently following a proposal from the district administration, the sources added.
It's worth while to mention here that in August this year as part of the plan to make Puri a world heritage city, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced a package of Rs 500 crore to undertake infrastructure and beautification programmes in the pilgrim city.
Modernisation plans such as multi-lane roads, flyovers, multi-level parking systems, amenities for devotees, rehabilitation of affected families in the security zone, renovation of existing lakes and creation of a new ones and renovation of mutts were included in the package.
Prior to that, he had approved 265 crore for various projects in the city.