The temple managing committee of the Sri Jagannath temple, Puri, has given the green signal to the draft architectural plan and design of heritage corridor project with an estimated cost of Rs 3,200 crore. Now the proposal would be sent to the State government for approval. Under the plan, as many as 22 projects will be executed in three phases within a couple of years.
Initially, Rs 800 crore would be made available from the State government’s Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture at Puri (ABADHA) scheme followed by another Rs 265 crore in the first phase.
The projects include Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration (SJTA) building redevelopment, Srimandir reception centre, Jagannath cultural centre including Raghunandan library, integrated command and control centre, Badadanda heritage streetscape, Srimandir amenities improvement, Sri Setu, Jagannath Ballav pilgrim centre, multilevel car parking, municipal market development, Swargdwar development, Pramod Udyan, Gurukulam, Mahodadhi market, beach front development, Puri lake, Musa river revival plan, Atharnala and housing for sevayats.
It may be remembered here that recently, the National Monument Authority (NMA) had framed draft bylaws under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act (AMASR), 2010, for Jagannath Temple and its subsidiary shrines which was opposed by the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA). SJTA wanted NMA to consult it before coming out any guidelines as it severely affected the temple administration’s authority to carry out any development works.
The draft bylaws propose restrictions on construction activities within 100 metres of the 12th century shrine. Another 200 metres in all directions would be declared regulated area where construction is not prohibited but must be approved by the NMA.