Odisha Launches Ekamra Plan To Conserve Historic Sites in Bhubaneswar

The Odisha government launched a special scheme called the Ekamra Plan under the Works Department to conserve and develop the Ekamra Kshetra in the old town region of Bhubaneswar.

An area of about 80 acres has been identified around the Shree Lingaraj Temple for the implementation of this project. The region consists of numerous monuments apart from holy tanks and water bodies including Bindu Sagar.

The State Government aims to take up an all-inclusive plan for the development of this region. The project will involve interventions for conservation and restoration of the monuments, development of amenities for devotees and pilgrims, pedestrianisation of the project space, and redirecting traffic to the outside perimeter of the region.

After careful consideration, the State Government has constituted a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) to steer, guide, and coordinate various matters related to the implementation of the project.

Dr Santrupt Misra, a globally-acclaimed industry leader and a renowned and distinguished Odia, has been chosen as the Chairman of the Project Advisory Committee by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

According to the Works Department, a new method of feedback has been introduced where the chairman of the committee can invite any office-bearer or expert or member of the public for discussion on the matters linked with the project or to join in the meeting.

The state government will nominate the members of the Project Advisory Committee soon. Meetings of the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) will be held at routine intervals to finalise numerous issues related to the construction of the project area. All plans, projects, interventions, and initiatives will be executed after the approval of all members of the committee.

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