Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 19:
The Odisha government Monday decided to set up a ‘Nabakalebara Village’ with temporary accommodation facilities to accommodate the large inflow of tourists during the Nabakalebara festival in 2015.
A high level meeting chaired by chief secretary J K Mohapatra at the State Secretariat here along with secretary Tourism and Culture Dr Arabinda Padhi outlined the model of the ‘Nabakalebara village’, said an official release.
Service provider agencies and experts having long standing experience of such works in grand celebrations like Kumbha Mela at Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain made presentations on possible architectural designs. Considering the views and inputs it was decided to set up Nabakalebara village for temporary accommodation of pilgrims.
The chief secretary while emphasizing on making available temporary accommodation to the pilgrims at affordable prices asked the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) to monitor the construction of temporary accommodation.
The meeting decided to go for a test run of the design during Rath Yatra this year by building dormitory type accommodation for 5000 pilgrims at affordable cost and 100 high end individual unit accommodations.
Mohapatra also directed for construction of free temporary accommodation for 5000 pilgrims through such designs apart from raising temporary accommodation for police personnel on duty.
Around 20 acres of land for raising priced accommodation has already been identified near Talabania and the land for raising free accommodation structure has been identified near bus stand, said collector Puri, D K Patnaik who was present in the meeting.
Secretary Culture and Tourism Dr Padhi directed managing director OTDC , architects and design experts of OTDC to make the field visits by tomorrow and prepare the cost estimate for raising the structure and other service infrastructure.
A committee comprising of principal secretary Home, secretary Culture, chief administrator Jagannath Temple, director Tourism, MD OTDC, collector Puri and one senior officer from Finance department will look into finalization of the design, configuration, cost and management of this type of accommodation.
The design experts said that the structure can be raised within two months complete with water proof structures.
Mohapatra advised OTDC to set up such temporary suits during Rathyatra and Nabakalebara in the Panthanivas complexes and provide for online booking of such suits.
Secretary Tourism Dr Padhi said that there would also be demand for such suits during New Year, Panchuka, Kartika Purnima at Puri and Chandrabhaga.
The meeting decided to scale up the project for meeting the requirement of temporary accommodation for Nabakalebara-2015 on the success of the pilot project during Rathayatra-2014. Development commissioner Injeti Srinivas, principal secretary Home Vipin Saxena, DGP Prakah Mishra, DG Intelligence Sanjeeb Marik, secretary Works N.K. Pradhan, collector Puri DK Pradhan along with senior officers from OTDC, Culture and Tourism department attended the meeting.