Odisha Govt Approves Rs 200 Cr Development Project For Maa Samaleswari Temple

Sambalpur: The Odisha government has prepared Samaleswari Temple Area Management & Local Economy Initiatives (SAMALEI) for all-round development of the famous temple.

According to the proposal, Rs 200 cr will be spent in 2021-22 financial year and this will be done in 108-acre land. The sum will be spent on beautification and installation of lighting system on the premises to provide a devotional feeling among the devotees.

The Samaleswari temple is spread over 12 acres of land. Queue system will be introduced for smooth darshan.  As per the plan, four entrances will be set up at the temple while devotees will enter through the east entrance and will exit through the remaining three points.

One km ring road will be built around the temple for the devotees for moving around the deity. Fruit-bearing trees will be planted beside the road.

The temple complex will have facilities like Yatri Nivas, vending zones, washrooms and information centres for the benefit of devotees.

A housing complex will be set up for the families of Sevayats. The complex will have all the basic facilities for a good living. A 30-metre wide road will be constructed to connect to Mahanadi ghat. A 30 metre Deck will be constructed for the observance of Mahanadi Alati.

The Mahanadi ghat will be developed with pavilions, plaza and a ring road for the benefit of devotees to Samaleswari temple.

This apart a lake area development will be taken up on a 22-acre land which will be having facilities like 5MLD Sewerage Treatment Plant. Food parks and other facilities will also be introduced to make the visit to the temple memorable and pleasant.

The road connecting the railway station will be widened to remove traffic bottlenecks. The burial ground will be shifted towards the east and it will be modernized with the latest facilities. A two-metre path will connect to Mahanadi ghat for people to perform rituals without hassles.

Chief Minister’s 5T Secretary V K Pandian moderated the programme. Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner were present on the occasion.

People are advised to send their feedback to: development.samalei@gmail.com by March 15 on the draft proposal.