Expecting a footfall of over 50 lakh devotees in Puri for the Nabakalebara festival in 2015, the Odisha government has asked the concerned departments to put the infrastructure projects on fast track mode.
Presiding over a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat here recently, chief secretary JK Mohapatra asked these departments to finish all ongoing work by December 2014.
Discussions at the meeting revealed that some of the existing roads, namely, the 39.60-km National Highway stretch of Birapratappur-Jankia, Gop-Balighai, Phulnakhara-Chharichhak-Gop, Jatni-Pipili- Khurda, Biraharekrushnapur-Balighai, Puri-Konark and Puri-Satapada, need urgent attention.
To ensure smooth movement of vehicular traffic, a number of parking places are being planned with buffer parking spaces alongside NH-203 near Puri. Besides, about 10 parking places are also planned on the outskirts of Puri along with a new bus stand and upgradation of the existing bus stand.
The chief secretary asked the railway officials to set timelines for completion of the railway projects which include doubling of the Jatni-Puri line.
To ensure uninterrupted power supply during the festival, three new sub-stations – one of 220×32 KV capacity and two of 132 KV – would be set up, the meeting decided.
Besides a trauma care centre and healthcare facilities at Puri, it was also decided that the number of beds at the district headquarters hospital would be raised to accommodate more patients.