Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Nov 2:
Concerned over the poor maintenance of the Gandhi Smruti Pitha in the beach town of Odisha’s Puri, Navaratna company Nalco has announced the maintenance of the park by it for the next ten years.
The park by the Puri beach was set up by the aluminium major in 2002 at a cost of Rs 50 lakh. Subsequently, it was handed over to Puri Konark Development Authority (PKDA). However, seeing the present state of dereliction, Nalco CMD T.K. Chand yesterday announced the maintenance of the park by it.
“We shall make it a major tourist attraction, besides providing a salubrious environment for the joggers,” announced Chand, during his site visit yesterday.
Nalco shall renovate the Gandhi Library therein, as also the mural and watch tower, besides going for a massive plantation drive, Chand added.
Nalco has also come forward to support the installation of five giant LED screens at vantage points in the vicinity of Jagannath Temple for the safety and guidance of devotees.
Chand had elaborate discussions with Puri Collector Arvind Agarwal, SP Asish Singh and other representatives of the district administration in this regard.