Odisha pass resolution on Jagannath Heritage Corridor Plan

Three weeks ago, Odisha Govt had opposed Culture Ministry’s draft heritage bylaws for Lord Jagannath Temple

The Odisha Assembly had passed a unanimous resolution on The''Puri Shreemandira Parikrama Yojana'' or the Jagannath Temple Heritage Corridor Plan (SHHC). This projects aims at increasing the security of the one of the India’s most popular and age old 12th century religious sanctum, along with better conveniences for devotees and establishment of a spiritual atmosphere. The CM of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik had presented three proposals in the resolution in the House through video conference, supported by both the BJP and the Congress.


According to plan, the entire area within 75 metres around the Jagannath Temple will be transformed into a heritage corridor to attract millions of devotees from across the corner of the world.Jagannath Temple is itself one of the most popular attraction in India. The plan was finalised after several rounds of meetings held by the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) led by the Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb with different stakeholders.


CM Patnaik had also mentioned thatOdisha''s biggest identity is Lord Jagannath. The state government has planned an INR 3500 crore project for development of the city as a World Heritage City while for Bhubaneswar it has planned an INR 700 crore plan for beautification of the area around Lingaraj temple.


Earlier Odisha government, not more than three weeks ago, along with state’s two major political parties and servitors of Lord Jagannath Temple in Puri had strongly objected to the National Monuments Authority’s (NMA) draft heritage byelaws which prohibits any construction activity in the 100 metre periphery of the Jagannath Temple shrine.


The Centre has had immediately reacts and had withdrawn the draft heritage bylaws issued by the NMA for Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha after meeting had been held withUnion Minister of Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel and delegations of the BharatiyaJanata Party, led by Dharmendra Pradhan, and the Biju Janata Dal, led by Pinaki Mishra, in New Delhi

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