Sambalpur, Jan 27: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday inaugurated the much awaited Samaleswari Temple Area Managemnet and Local Economy Initiatives (SAMALEI) project in Odisha’s Sambalpur town.
The unveiling took place amidst the presence of numerous dignitaries, temple priests, and servitors. CM Naveen participated in the yagna conducted on this auspicious occasion. Notable attendees included 5T and Nabin Odisha Chairman V K Pandian, members of the Samaleswari Temple Trust Board, and senior officials. The event, which unfolded ten days after the grand spectacle in Puri, where the Srimandir Parikrama Prakalpa was unveiled, was strategically timed with the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
Ahead of the inauguration, CM on Friday addressed the people and said that “Odisha will always remember those who volunteered their lands for the project. The project will help boost tourism and economy of the region. Now thousands of devotees can gather at the gaht to witness Mahanadi Alati”.
The Samaleswari Temple, dating back to the 16th century and situated on the Mahanadi riverbanks, has undergone a significant transformation as part of a Rs 200-crore project. Covering 39 acres of its peripheral area, the project includes the creation of a 1km heritage corridor, heritage gates, enhanced access to the temple, and modern facilities for pilgrims. Additionally, the development of the Mahanadi riverfront is integrated into the project. The SAMALEI scheme is being executed by the Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation (OBCC).