Puri Heritage Project
In 2019, Puri Heritage Corridor Project was unveiled to transform Puri town into an international place of heritage.
About the Project
- Puri heritage corridor project involves the redevelopment of important parts of Puri for tourism purposes.
- There are a total of 22 projects, which will be executed in different phases. The architectural design plan of the project was approved by Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) estimated at Rs 3,200 crore.
- In February 2020, the Odisha state assembly unanimously passed the resolution to begin the first phase. In this regard, Rs 800 crore was provided under Odisha’s Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture at Puri (ABADHA) scheme. Later, another Rs 265 crore will be granted for the first phase of the work.
Important components of the project
The project includes the development of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) building, a 600-capacity Srimandir reception center, Badadanda heritage streetscape, Sri Setu, multilevel car parking, municipal market development, Gurukulam, Mahodadhi market, beachfront development, Puri lake, Musa river revival, etc.
Objection by ASI
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) warned the government of Odisha regarding the potential threats of the Puri Heritage Corridor project to the structure of the Puri Jagannath Temple. Massive digging near the temple creates structural safety issues to it. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is the custodian of Puri Jagannath Temple.
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