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Odisha: SJTA Moots Bhakta Nivas Complex With 1,000 Rooms For Pilgrims In Puri

20 December 2019


Puri: Shree Jagannath Temple Administration will take up a project to build 'Bhakta Nivas' (dormitory with basic amenities) over six-acre land in Matitota area for pilgrims. The SJTA has planned to have around 1,000 rooms which will provide accommodation to tourists and pilgrims coming to Puri at affordable prices.

SJTA Chief Administrator, Dr Krishan Kumar said that efforts are on to get all 60,000 acres of endowment land recorded in favour of Lord Jagannath. Till date, about 36,000 acres of land had already been recorded in favour of the deity.

"An architect would be appointed to prepare a project report for several developmental projects to be undertaken in and around 75-metre of the Srimandir for heritage and security corridor. After approval by the state government, the project report would be submitted in the Supreme Court with a plea to direct the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to grant clearance for the execution of the development project," he added.

The Corporate sector would be approached to contribute for various temple projects from their corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund. The temple authority would also appeal to rich devotees to sponsor some projects like construction of ‘Adarsh Temple School’, pilgrim shelter building, beautification of heritage corridor and other projects, said Kumar.

The SJTA Chief Administrator was speaking to media persons after the Temple Managing Committee meeting, convened here on Friday. He said that punitive actions as per the Temple Act would be initiated against the servitors who did not open the temple main door causing disruption in observance of rituals of the deities after the panel submitted its report.

"To facilitate smooth functioning of the temple rituals as per the age-old traditions and bring reforms if necessary, we will be consulting Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Govardhan Peeth," Kumar added. The temple body meeting was attended by Development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, Puri Collector Balwant Singh, SP, Umashankar Dash and senior servitors.

Dr Krishan Kumar, Chief Administrator, SJTA