Balasore, Aug 8: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today approved a master plan for the proposed beautification and development of Panchalingeswar Temple located in Balasore district of Odisha, which is to be taken up with an estimated cost of Rs 15.58 crore.
The chief minister approved the budget after perusing a presentation on the project by the district administration. The project is to be taken up under the integrated development of heritage and tourist destination scheme of the 5T initiative and will be completed soon.
Accordingly, the entire area to be developed has been divided into four zones- Badamba temple, Pachalingeswar temple, Shopping complex, and park.
Zone-1 will have stone steps, benches, watch towers, seating areas; granite walkways, etc for the convenience of devotees. Similarly, there will be redevelopment of the waterfall area and the base area of the entire temple. Along with it, the entrance to the cave and altar hall will also be constructed. The place of worship will be beautified. Apart from this, additional toilets and changing rooms will also be constructed. Zone-3 will be developed for the shopping complex and park for devotees while parking and food court will be constructed in Zone-4.
On the instructions of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Secretary to CM (5T) VK Pandian had made a two-day visit to Balasore on June 22 and reviewed various developmental works in the district.