The Odisha government took the first step in the Jagannath Parikrama project. Bhubaneswar News – Times of India

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Bhubaneswar: The state government on Wednesday formally launched Shri Ram Jagannath Parikrama The project, a beautification drive around the 12th-century Jagannath temple and development of facilities for devotees as part of Odisha’s efforts to turn Puri into a world-class heritage city.
The government has set a target of completing this project of Rs 800 crore in 18 months.
Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb, the chairman of the Jagannath Temple Management Committee and a descendant of the erstwhile royal kingdom of Utkal, laid the foundation stone of the project in the presence of the Chief Minister. Naveen Patnaik, After the completion of the three-day yagya and Vedic rituals, the foundation stone laying ceremony was held outside the Jagannath temple.
“Today is a historic day for Jagannath devotees across the world. And it is indeed a holy day for the people of Odisha,” Naveen told reporters. The Chief Minister honored some people who had donated their land to the government for the smooth execution of the Jagannath Parikrama Project, also known as the Heritage Corridor Project.
Puri BJP MLA Jayant stringed instrument and President of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee Niranjan Patnaik were present during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the project.
“The intention of the project is to provide spacious, unobstructed corridors to the surroundings” Meghnada Pacheri (outer boundary wall) and give an opportunity to the devotees to have a visual association with the temple, blue wheel and Meghnad Pacheri,” said Krishna Kumar, the chief administrator of the temple. This project will further strengthen the security of the temple.
The Parikrama Prakalpa will be divided into 9 layers – a green buffer around the temple complex, inter-circle path, landscape area, outer circumnavigation path, public convenience area, service lane, shuttle cum emergency lane, mixed traffic lane and pedestrian footpath.
The Eastern Plaza of the Heritage Corridor is proposed as a large open space, which houses several festivals of Sri Mandira Rath Yatra Start from here. There will be a queue management facility of 6,000 persons with security check (baggage check) facility, main cloakroom for storing luggage of up to 4,000 families, drinking water and toilet facilities, provision for hand and foot washing, souvenirs including book shops . Presented at Jagannath Welcome Centre. The reception center will be built on half an acre of land on the south-east side of the corridor.
Under the Heritage Corridor project, facilities like mini cloakroom, information-cum-donation kiosk, shelter pavilion, public toilet, service toilet, police service center, ATM kiosk, Bhajan Mandap and Sanskrit Mandap will be made available for the devotees. The project also included the preservation of about 10 monastic shrines, which were demolished within 75 meters of the temple.

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