PURI: The Puri-Brahmagiri- Satpada NH-316 would be reconstructed and widened prior to the Nabakalebara festival of the Trinity.
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Sanjay Dasburma laid the foundation stone for the road work at Brahmagiri on Tuesday.
The State Government had decided to widen the Puri-Satapada highway and take up infrastructure development of the Alarnath temple and its periphery near Bramhagiri as it expects 20 lakh devotees for the fortnight long ‘anasara’ of Lords Jagannath and Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra during the Nabakalebara festival next year.
To minimise the load of vehicular traffic on Puri- Alarnath temple route, the road will be widened by 10 ft at the cost of Rs 17 crore, while over Rs five crore would be spent on infrastructure development for pilgrims at Brahmagiri. For black-topping of the road, Rs 7.5 crore will be used, said Executive Engineer of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) Jalandhar Pradhan.
A public meeting was organised at Dhabba Chhack where local MP Pinaki Mishra, popular Odia film hero and Rajya Sabha member Anubhav Mohanty spoke about various development schemes being implemented by the BJD.
A servitor of the Jagannath temple was detained by Lion’s Gate police for allegedly assaulting a pilgrim couple from West Bengal on Monday.
According to the complainants Srikanta Nadi and Jyotika Nandi of Behela, West Bengal, they were returning from the sanctum sanctorum of the temple after ‘darshan’ when the accused servitor Madhav Pratihari dashed against Jyotika.
When Jyotika protested, Madhav allegedly hurled blows on her face.
As Srikanta protested, he too was not spared. The couple sustained bleeding injuries and filed a complaint at the Lion’s Gate police station.