Bhubaneswar: In a major development and boost to the ambitious EKAMRA (Ekamra Kshetra Amenities and Monuments Revival Action) Plan, five residents of the Old Town area adjoining the 11th Century Lingaraj Temple, today vacated their land for the development process with a focus to develop the historic site as a major place of tourism and pilgrimage development with the famous shrine of Lord Shiva in the epicenter.
The five persons, who vacated their lands for the purpose, are: Bhagabat Mallick, Pratap Nanda, Pradeep Nanda, Naliniprabha Mohanty, and Swarnamayee Samal. The land owners signed the agreements in presence of Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Additional Commissioner Abanikanta Patnaik and Deputy Commissioner Kamaljit Das of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation.
It can be noted here that 31 persons have already given their consent to vacate their lands so that the city administration could take their lands to the latter’s possession and use the same for the development process under the futuristic EKAMRA Plan.
By the process of vacating the land before the deadline of February 26, the five land owners will be eligible for 10 percent more incentive than the market price of their land and property. As Wednesday is the last date for the signing of the agreement, sources hoped that more people will come up to avail the 10 percent incentive.
The State Government has formed three teams with officials and staff of Revenue, Housing and Urban Development Department, Works, Endowment and Odia Language and Culture etc so that the process of getting consent and possession from people is streamlined and be faster.
The families willing to give consent for their land with legal heir certificates with them would also not face any difficulty now if they come forward to give consent and subsequently vacate their land as the ambitious plan will make the 11th Century shrine a beautiful site in the Old Town area.
Already the glimpse of the beautiful EKAMRA Plan for Lord Lingaraj’s majestic shrine and the adjacent area of the Old Town including the holy lake Bindusagar and other beautiful monuments were visualised during the recently-held Shivaratri festival, when the temples and the monuments were decorated beautifully with loads of flowers and an array of coloured LED lights to give the area a beautiful view of lifetime.
Experts hope that once the EKAMRA Plan is completed, the 11th Century shrine of Lord Lingaraj and the adjacent areas of the Old Town or Ekamra Khetra will don a new look in sync with its traditional heritage atmosphere, with beautiful surrounding full of greenery and open space where lakhs of tourists will have a great time to enjoy their stay.