5T Chairman Kartik Pandian Visits Ekamra Khetra, Makes Early Morning Inspection of Project

Bhubaneswar: 5T and Nabin Odisha Chairman Kartik Pandian today made an early morning visit to Ekamra Khetra and reviewed the ongoing Ekamra Development Project in old town, Bhubaneswar. During his visit between 6.30 am to 7.30 am, he directed the officials that the work must go on in full swing to complete the project by New Year 2025.

Encouraging the project management, he said though the work looks mammoth, he has full confidence in the team and they can certainly deliver. He inspected all elements of the development plan starting with North parking near Sanitarium Chhak, where besides bus parking and car parking, tourist conveniences, vending zone and Lingaraj Police Station will be constructed.

Focusing on the rehabilitation of the shopkeepers and the vendors, he said that their livelihoods must be ensured in all possible ways.

Pandian visited the alternative road from Koti Tirtheswar to Taleswar parallel to Bindusagar road and reviewed the land requirements and drains. He advised BMC to hand over the balance land wherever required for construction of drains.

Moving on towards the temple site, he inspected the area behind the Ananta Vasudev Temple, the location of open Bhajan mandap and Lingaraj Plaza area. He advised to plan for foundation for Queue management system in a manner not to disturb the landscape during annual requirements like Sivaratri. Scientific management of traffic was discussed during the review.

To promote a clean environment around the temple, battery operated vehicles will be used to ferry passengers around the temple. He also inspected the South side of the Parikrama and OAR, and the alternative bypass road planned near Badheibank Chhak.

He advised the officials to plan for smooth curves at all crossings and to expedite the land acquisition process.

At the end, he said the objective of the project is to develop a divine experience for the pilgrims. For this, beautiful gardens and designer Stonework will be created alongside the Parikrama surrounding the temple.

During the visit, Principal Secretary, Works, BMC Commissioner, Collector, DCP, MD OBCC and other officials were present.

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