Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 27:
After three hours of marathon discussions, members of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), the official body of Shree Jagannath Temple in Odisha’s holy town Puri, presented the budget of SJTA for 2016-17 fiscal here on Friday.
A budget session of SJTA was held in Puri yesterday under the chairmanship of Puri Maharaja Gajapati Dibyasingh Deb, Chairman, SJTA which passed Rs. 197 crore financial assistance for 2016-17 financial year.
The budget has sanctioned Rs 20 crore for construction of two guest houses, one near Town police station and another on Jail Road, aimed at generating a regular income for the SJTA, informed a member of temple administration.
Once the Supreme Court delivers its verdict on the land-ownership issue, a special land cell will be set up in Shree Mandir premises and Rs 1 crore has already been sanctioned by the SJTA for it with an expectation of Rs. 50 crore earnings in the coming year from property deals, revealed the SJTA.
In the next fiscal, Rs 50 crore will be added to Shree Mandir corpus fund and Rs. 35 crore interest amount will be generated out of Rs 300 crore existing corpus fund, added the SJTA.
The SJTA has also earmarked Rs. 1 crore to be spent on the ongoing restoration and repair work of the Jagamohan.
Besides, the SJTA has also made provision for construction of a school under Sebayat Kalyan Yojana.
The budget meeting was addressed by Suresh Mohapatra, chief administrator, SJTA, senior servitors and government officials.