23 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: Amid the demolition drive launched by the Puri district administration for implementing Justice B.P. Das Commission’s recommendations pertaining to the safety and security of world-renowned Shree Jagannath Temple, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today appealed the denizens of the pilgrim city to make sacrifices despite being affected due to the massive evacuation.
Presiding over a special meeting at the Lok Seva Bhavan here today, the Chief Minister in his appeal said that the terrorists are now targeting various religious institutions and shrines for which it is absolutely pertinent to implement the recommendations made by the Commission for the safety and security of Lord Jagannath’s temple.
“I know, some families may get affected by this demolition drive. But, this sacrifice assumes much more significance for the sake of Shree Mandir’s security. We need to keep Shree Mandir secured for our posterity. I wish that you all cooperate considering it as the ‘seba’ (service) to ‘Mahaprabhu’ (Lord Jagannath). Your sacrifice will be remembered ever by the Odia community,” appealed the Chief Minister.
He assured, “I promise the affected persons that they will be properly rehabilitated after sacrificing their shops and dwelling houses in the security zone. The State Government will also cooperate in the restoration of the demolished Mutts coming under the security zone.”
He further assured that all the Mutts in Puri city will be aided under the State Government’s “Abhada” Yojana for which Rs 100 crore has been allocated in the first phase.
The Chief Minister explained, “I had visited Puri in the aftermath of FANI in May. I felt very much hurt by the havoc wrecked on Mahaprabhu’s holy land. On the very day I resolved to transform the pilgrim city into a World Heritage City,”
He further explained that the State Government is very soon going to start various infrastructure development projects in the city at an estimated cost of Rs 265 crore allocated earlier.
The Chief Minister announced, “Today, I am sanctioning Rs 500 crore more for the conservation and security of Puri’s heritage. State’s first ever Trumpet Bridge will be constructed in Puri. All the sacred tanks and ponds will be renovated and heritage restored. Steps will be taken for the development of Atharanala. Revival of Musa River will be done and will also be connected with Mangala River. A large lake will be developed over 28 acres of land. Multi-lane road and multi-level parking facilities will be made for the visitors to Puri city.”
“Shree Jagannath is the biggest identity of the Odia community. I would like to seek the cooperation of all as well as the blessings of Lord Jagannath for elevating Puri Dham’s honour and dignity. Lots of greetings and good wishes on the occasion of Janmastami. Jay Jagannath.” stated the Chief Minister.