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Odisha Govt Allots 6 Khondalite Blocks For Puri World Heritage City

14 December 2019

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government's Steel and Mines department has issued a notification reserving six Khondalite blocks for mining purposes in favour of OMC Limited.

As per the notification, the six Khondalite blocks spread over in the three districts of Jajpur, Cuttack, and Khurda subject to the undermentioned conditions.

1. Mineral extracted from these blocks whall be supplied to the Works department or any other agency designated by it for use in the projects to be undertaken under the scheme for "Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture" (ABADHA) and/or projects for the development of Puri as World Heritage City. For the purpose, terms, and conditions for the supply of Khondalite shall be mutually agreed between the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) and OMC.

2. Any mineral not required by the Works department or any other agency designated by it or SJTA shall be disposed by the OMC following due process of law.

It may be mentioned here that the ABADHA scheme was launched by the Odisha Government in 2017-18.

Some of the projects including the construction of restroom for Habishiali, improvement of roads at different locations in Puri and construction of stadium were announced under the project and are being implemented.

A number of projects have been approved by the Chief Minister under the ABADHA scheme this year including development of the heritage security zone, Shree Setu project, Musa river revival plan, Jagannath Ballav pilgrim centre, housing projects, Puri lake development project, up-gradation of Raghunandan Library, Acharya Harihar square re-development project, Atharnala heritage project, Matha Development Initiative and development of heritage lakes.

The State Cabinet on October 22 this year approved projects worth Rs 3,208 crore under ABADHA scheme to develop Puri as a World-class Heritage city.

Post Cyclone Fani Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during his visit to Puri had announced that Puri will be developed into world-class Heritage City.