Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:
Odisha chief secretary G C Pati today reviewed the progress of various infrastructural and other service oriented projects planned for the Nabakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath to be held in June next year.
The progress made in individual projects for development of road and traffic arrangements, development of parking places, doubling of railway lines, renovation of the platform, electricity arrangement with underground cabling, health and sanitation services, accommodation of tourists, drinking water, drainage and sewerage system, police and security arrangements, rehabilitation and management of stray cattle came up for discussion at the high level the meeting here today, said an official release.
Chief Secretary Pati directed concerned departments to stick to the time lines set for completion of different projects. The time line set for different projects range from December, 2014 to March 2015.
Bumper parking places will be developed at Talabania and other demarcated places along NH-203 while bio-toilets will be fixed at parking places and places providing temporary accommodation in Puri town, the release said.
Chief Secretary asked collector Puri to convene a meeting with voluntary organizations Bharat Sevashram , Ramkrishna Mission and other charity organizations for coordination of health and sanitation services.
Pati directed the collector to stay prepared with a contingency plan for hassle free transport of Brahmadarus (logs out of which the images of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan will be carved) after their identification.
The release said project wise progress of road projects like Biramitrapur- Jankia Road ( 39.60kms), Gop-Balighai Road (Puri-Konak Road 18 km), Phulnakhara-Charichhak-Gop Road ( 54 km), Khordha- Pipili-Jatani Road (22km), Pipili-Konark Road ( 44 km), Biraharekrushnapur-Baliguali Road ( 6.06 km), Puri-Konark road ( NH-316 37,521km), Bhubaneswar-Puri N.H, Puri bypass NH, doubling of Jatni-Puri Railway, modification of Puri Station to handle large crowd, development of bus stand at Malatipatapur and Khordha railway bypass were reviewed in the meeting. Departments have been asked to monitor progress of the works at ground level on weekly and monthly basis.
The access roads from the 4-lane NH to various points in Puri town have been taken up for construction by the Works department. Besides, around 20 internal roads inside the pilgrim town have also been taken up for improvement.
A six bedded ICU in the district headquarters hospital has been completed and made functional. Trauma care centre, casualty unit, 100 bedded hospital for infectious diseases in the premises of district hospital, Puri have been taken up and expedited for completion before December, 2014. It was decided to ensure dedicated power supply to the Puri hospital. The meeting discussed a definite crisis management health plan to deal with any emergency situation.
It has been decided that temporary accommodation will be constructed for around one lakh pilgrims during the Nabakalebar.
At present, around 19, 886 beds are available in the hotels at Puri, which will be enhanced to 30,000 before Nabakalebara. Around 32 new hotels will come up by July, 2015 which will provide around additional 4,000 beds.
Both free and low cost temporary accommodation will be constructed during the Nabakalebar. The owners of the lodging houses, Dharmasala and hotels have been asked to complete repair and sanitation and hygienic works well before the Nabakalebar.
On the security front, CCTV network, watch towers, checking of identity, crowd control, traffic regulation along with required police arrangement will be made. The process for installation of CCTV cameras covering both inside and outside Shree Mandir, Badadanda, Sea beach and other critical places have been taken up.
Several senior officers of various departments attended the meeting.