Puri, Jan 10: Odisha Chief Secretary Pradeep Jena conducted a comprehensive review of the ongoing developments in the Srimandir Parikrama Project during the evening of Tuesday. He meticulously examined the progress at the yajna sthal, yatri parikrama, and Srimarg.
The district collector and officials from Tata and Odisha Bridge & Construction Corporation Limited (OBCC) were also present. According to reports, OBCC is on track to finish the Yatri Parikrama work and hand it over to the district administration by January 11. The cleanup and garbage removal activities commenced yesterday.
Following this phase, the fire department will sprinkle water to enhance the surroundings. The Chief Secretary noted significant advancements over the last three days, particularly the installation of paver blocks along 800 meters of Srimarg. However, challenges persist in a 300-meter section of the road.
Jena expressed optimism that the Srimarg work would conclude soon, citing the completion of underground cabling and water pipes. He disclosed plans to install nine mechanical sliding doors, to be manually operated and managed by both the police administration and the temple administration.
Assuring timely completion, Jena stated, "All the materials have already reached here. Laying of these paver blocks will be completed soon. Our apprehension about underground cabling and sewerage system has been addressed and completed within time. I think the Srimarg will be completed by January 12."
The Odisha government is gearing up for the inauguration of the Srimandir Heritage Corridor Project (Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa) on January 17. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is slated to participate in the concluding ceremony of Yajna and the public dedication of the Parikrama Project on that day.
The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has compiled a list of temples and guests invited to grace the inauguration ceremony, expected to attract devotees from various parts of the country and abroad.