Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jul 4:
Odisha Chief Minister faced a black flag demonstration by Congress workers as he went on an inauguration spree launching as many as 10 new projects in this holy town ahead of the Nabakalebara Rath Yatra today.
Congress workers showed black flags and shouted slogans like “Naveen Patnaik, Down Down” “Naveen Patnaik, Go Back” as the Chief Minister was alighting from his vehicle on the Grand Road. The demonstrators were, however, whisked away by the police before they could get anywhere close to the Chief Minister.
After arriving at in the holy town in the morning, Patnaik inaugurated the state-of-the-art bus terminal at Malatipatpur on the outskirts of Puri town.
The new bus terminal, built at a cost of Rs 73.5 crore, has drinking water facility, passenger waiting rooms, dormitory, a cafeteria, ticket reservation counter, route chart, CCTVs and a police outpost.
The Chief Minister later inaugurated a 7-km stretch by-pass road connecting Malatiparpur to Puri-Konark road, a new over bridge and a second bridge at Atharanala and a special building for mothers and infants inside the premises of district headquarters hospital.
Patnaik also inaugurated a new block inside Gopabandu Ayurveda college, two buildings at the 200-bed ID hospital, a new Shri Jagannath Fire Station building, an integrated control room to keep watch on the movement of people in the town and a new CCTV control room.
After laying the foundation stone of a new Sevayat Welfare Housing Project, the chief minister inaugurated a new administrative building of ITI at Talabania. From there, he went to Baliapanda and inaugurated three high-powered power grid stations.
Before his return to the capital city, he laid the foundation stone of a government medical college and hospital at Baliguali.