Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 28:
The sub-committee on Projects of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) today at a high level meeting approved a proposal to construct two accommodation facilities for pilgrims visiting Odisha’s holy town Puri.
The sub-committee also approved a proposal to construct staff quarters for the servitors of Shree Mandir.
“The meeting approved a proposal to construct two large guest houses (dharamshalas) for the stay of pilgrims visiting Puri. The guest houses will be set up near Town police station and district jail. Each facility will have 200 rooms. Also 60 staff quarters will be constructed for temple servitors. These projects will entail an estimated cost of Rs 33 crore,” said SJTA chief administrator Suresh Chandra Mohapatra briefing reporters.
Mohapatra also informed that the Sub Committee had approved another project on construction of a pathway along the boundary of the temple at a cost of Rs 3 crore. The Works department will take up the construction work of the pathway so that the devotees can move around the temple without any hassles.
The SJTA chief administrator also informed that the meeting has decided to evacuate Lord Jagannath’s encroached lands.
Repair and renovation of the Jagamohana (audience hall) of the Shree Mandir and other structures by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been deferred to the second week of January, as lakhs of devotees visit the temple to pay obeisance to the Lords during the first week of New Year.