VK Pandian, Secretary to Chief Minister has directed officials to complete redevelopment of Swargadwar by next March.
Mr.Pandian Saturday visited Puri and reviewed the progress of development of Swargadwar and Goshala.
Puri the abode of Mahaprabu attracts large number of pilgrims across the Globe every year .And is also one amongst the four most sacred place of India Char Dham
After the devastating cyclone FANI, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced his commitment to develop Puri as a world heritage city.
As part of the 5T initiative a number of work has started in this regard since then to give Puri it’s rightful place in the World Tourism Map.
Redevelopment of Swargadwar constitutes an important part of the initiative.
Accordingly the work has started with funding from CMRF and the redevelopment work will be completed by next March .
As an interim measure shed and other facilities are being provided to people visiting Swargadwar for cremation of their relatives.
To make the Grand Road clean the stray cattle have also been shifted to Gosalas
700 cattle have been shifted from Grand Avenue to Gosalas and another 400 will be shifted in next one month .Funding for next 5 years for feed and maintenance has been tied up from CMRF .
Similarly steps have also been taken for rehabilitation of beggars of Grand Avenue so that they can lead a respectful life.
In the meantime 500 beggars have been rescued and rehabilitated in various institutions
Out of the rescued 150 have been traced and reunited with their families and funding is met from the Government.
Mr.Pandian also visited Banki Muhana and Puri Golden Beach, which received Blue Flag Tag recently. During the review District Collector Puri, Balwant Singh, BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury and CMC Commissioner Ananya Das were also present
It has been decided that BMC and CMC will also take up shifting of stray cattle and rehabilitate in Gosalas of their respective areas .
They will also start rehabilitation work of beggars in their areas .
These initiatives to give Puri a fresh new look will usher in a historic generational change.