By D N Singh
It is a reality that, death is absolute value in the world we live in. And once one dies, he or she would never lose anything again or forever. Souls remain back on the earth or not, that can be left to them who believe that. So, death is more certain than God.
It is the friends or relatives who cherish back the memories of the dead, for pain and vacuity. So a clean and healthy atmosphere is what that was necessary. But it was not there until thoughts went in at salvaging the place and make it more easier and transform it into become more divine and thought inspiring.
Puri’s ‘Swarga Dwara’ or gateway to heaven, had remained a desired destinations for all. Faith is the reason that the soul shall merge with the cosmic if the mortal remains are cremated in Puri.
But, the place was an anathema for sentiments and had remained so uncared for reasons not getting the right solutions to mitigate the rush plus, the gradual deterioration of the hygienic situation of the place. In totality , a structural deficiency and a moribund look.
The government in power has taken up the challenge sometime back and under the close monitoring of the 5T steps have been taken to reincarnate the place into a state of the art crematorium with all that required to match the name it has ‘ swarga dwara’ .
Already shrunk under encroachment from all around, the challenge before the 5T was a tough one. And the kick-start was from none other than the chief minister Naveen Patnaik who volunteered the demolition of the tomb of his father, late Biju Patnaik from the premises.
Since it’s start it had been so designed to get a look of a grand Heritage Corridor with all facilities and the progress has been swift and the completion is nearing. It required an articulate design to find itself enough to meet with the increasing pressure.
Where the spaces of cremations are of paramount importance. There are 28 funeral pyre platforms and plans are afoot besides other amenities, like wood storage and counters, place for waiting with minimum refreshment facilities.
It would be a complete make-over for people coming from various parts of Odisha and outside with a very planned landscape with lush green small corridor and room for an office like to house the administration.
Looking at the challenges of time and quality, the 5T secretary V K Pandian himself has been frequenting the place to ensure for a timely and qualitative completion of the project over an area 1.3 acre.
On the way of any good work there are always roadblocks and here also the district administration is on a war footing to clear all hurdles for an early completion of the project Swarga Dwara.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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