The rituals for the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Shreemandira Parikrama or the Srimandir Heritage Corridor project began with a Maha Yajna, the traditional sacred offering to fire in Puri on Monday.
The Maha Yajna is held on November 22 and 23. The foundation stone will be laid between 10:12 AM to 10:20 AM on November 24 by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
The foundation stone laying ceremony for the Shreemandira Parikrama Project had been scheduled for the 18th of last month, but was postponed due to bad weather. According to news, all permits have been obtained for the completion of the project after the laying of the foundation stone.
Tata Projects Limited will execute the Shree Mandira Parikrama Project in the Heritage city of Puri under the augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture (ABADHA) scheme.
The state cabinet on monday approved the lowest turnkey tender of Tata Projects Ltd amounting to Rs 331.28 crore for the work.
The work is targeted for completion within a period of eighteen calendar months.
It may be noted here that CM Naveen Patnaik has drawn up elaborate plans to transform Puri into a World Heritage City and part of the grand plan is the Parikrama project for which structures including maths, some of the ancient, were demolished while residences within 70 meters of the boundary wall of Puri Jagannath temple were also pulled down. An attractive rehabilitation and resettlement package has been provided to the displaced shopkeepers, hoteliers, residents, and maths (monasteries) affected by the project.
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