Bhubaneswar: The holy cremation ground in Puri, Swargadwar, will be developed at a cost of Rs 5 crores in the first phase from the Chief Miniter’s Relief Fund in collaboration with Phoenix Foundation.
The decision has been taken at a high-level meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the Lok Seva Bhawan here.
“As Puri Swargadwar suffered extensive damage in the very severe cyclonic storm FANI, the state government has taken up the task for overall development and renovation of the crematorium with arrangements to facilitate cremation all throughout the year and rest sheds for pallbearers. Besides, special arrangements will be made for the collection of cremated remains (ashes), its preservation and extensive plantation drive will be also carried out,” a press note from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) stated.
In the meeting, the chief minister has further directed the officials concerned to complete the development works at Puri Swargadwar with six months.
Soon after the meeting, ruling-BJD leader Sanjay Dasburma informed at the presser that Biju Patnaik’s Memorial will be also removed from Puri Swargadwar as the state government has planned a complete makeover of the crematorium.
On this occasion, Naveen said, “Biju Babu resides in the heart of millions of Odia people. The memories of Biju Babu which was there at Swargadwara will be dedicated in the service of people of Odisha.” Further describing Swargdwara as a holy place of faith, the Chief Minister urged the people to join hands in its development.
Prominent among others present in the meeting were Panchayati Raj Minister, Sports Minister, Development Commissioner, Puri Collector and president of Phoenix Foundation and senior officials of several departments.