Dharmashala to provide affordable stay for devotees in Puri: SJTA Chief

Puri: The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has identified land near Baseli Sahi Mouza for construction of ‘Dharmashala’. This is being done with a view to provide affordable accommodation to the devotees visiting the world-renowned pilgrim town.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has already announced to build it up into a world class tourist hub-cum-pilgrim centre.

Briefing media on Saturday, SJTA chief administrator Krishan Kumar informed that nearly 10 acres of land was identified near Baseli Sahi Mouza for construction of ‘Dharmashala’. The Dharmashala will have an accommodation capacity of 4000 devotees and a devotee can pay a maximum amount of Rs 150 per bed.

Kumar said that a 20-metre wide buffer road will be surrounding the 75-metre radius of Srimandir (Lord Jagannath Temple). Also, two multi-storeyed parking lots will be set up at Jagannath Ballav and Jatrika.
He said the developmental projects at Jail Road, Municipality Market, Mahodadhi Market and Swargadwara areas will be expedited.

The SJTA chief administrator said nearly 10 acres of land has been identified close to Baseli Sahi Police Station.

Kumar said a parking space at Jatrika on four-six acres of land is available and nearly 700 vehicles can be parked there. Construction of parking spaces will help streamline traffic, he added.

The SJTA chief said he is hopeful that all the projects under the Abhada scheme will progress smoothly.

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