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Odisha Chief Minister laying the foundation stone of the much-awaited Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project

Puri:24/11/21: Another significant chapter was added in the history of Odisha with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laying the foundation stone of the much-awaited Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project or the Puri Srimandir Parikrama Project on Wednesday.“Today is a historic day for all Jagannath bhakts all over the world. And indeed it is a great day for the people of Odisha,” said the Chief Minister after laying the foundation stone for the project. The State Government has taken several measures under its Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) Scheme for developing Puri as a “World Class Heritage City”.

The key project under this scheme is the development of the Heritage Corridor around a 75-metre radius of the Shree Jagannath Temple.

The intent of the project is to provide expansive, unobstructed corridors around the Meghanada Pacheri for giving an opportunity to devotees and pilgrims to have visual connect with the Temple, Neelchakra and Meghanada Pacheri.

The project also serves functions of providing amenities for pilgrims and for strengthening the safety & security of the temple and for those visiting Shree Jagannatha Temple.

The components of the project include the redevelopment of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) building, a 600-capacity Srimandir reception centre, Jagannath cultural centre including Raghunandan library, integrated command and control centre, Badadanda heritage streetscape, Srimandir amenities improvement, Sri Setu, Jagannath Ballav pilgrim centre, multilevel car parking, municipal market development, Swargadwar development, Pramod Udyan, Gurukulam, Mahodadhi market, beachfront development, Puri lake, Musa river and Atharnala revival plan, and housing for sevayats.

A 7-lane-wide pathway for devotees and a separate lane for the deities around the Meghanada Pacheri of the temple will be created under the project. A reception hall to be created under the project will have the capacity to accommodate around 6,000 devotees.

There will be a cloakroom along with separate toilet complexes for male and female devotees. ATM counters, pilgrim information centres, police posts and first aid centres will be made operational as a part of the project.

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