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Naveen Okays Puri Projects


Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved three projects for development of the holy town. 

The projects which have been approved by the Chief Minister comprised the development of the security for the heritage zone, re-installation of the century old Raghunandan library and housing units for the displaced families. 

An expert panel will be set up to monitor work on various disciplines such as Temple Architecture & Art, Heritage & Conservation Architecture , Art History. Arboriculture and Shree Jagannath Culture, Mr.Patnaik said.  

While declaring the areas within 75 meter from the 12th century shrine as "heritage security zone," Mr.Patnaik said that the ancient idols and trees having link with Sri Jagannath culture would be preserved and conserved in their own places. 
 
Mr.Patnaik also made it clear that the state government would upgrade Raghunandan Library to a modern one. The century old library, which was demolished recently, would be located in the premises of the Emar Mutt.

The library would be developed into a research centre on Sri Jagannath culture. The government would invest Rs 25 crore for Raghunandan library, an official release said. 

Similarly, a housing project worth Rs 95 crore has been approved for rehabilitation of the displaced families.

Around 600 houses will be constructed for them within 1.5 kilometer radius of the Shree Jagannath Temple. The built-up area of each housing unit would be 520 square feet, they said. 

Meanwhile, an official statement claimed that work has been started for the development of Puri town under ABADA (Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture) scheme.  
 
Mr.Patnaik on 18 August had announced five projects worth Rs 265.5 crore under the ABADHA scheme.
 
This would create huge infrastructure in the town and also decide how tourism will take shape in future.

The official said the government has been preparing to go for tender on other projects worth Rs 500 crore. 
 


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