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7-storey Habishiyali house to accommodate 2,000 pilgrims in Puri

Bhubaneswar, October 6, 2017: The Odisha Government would construct a seven-storey building in Puri to accommodate Habishiyalis, mostly elderly women and widow who come to the pilgrim town for overdriving the rituals on holy Kartika month.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday laid the foundation stone for the proposed building through videoconferencing from the State Secretariat in the presence of Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Maheswar Mohanty, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and Development Commissioner R Balkrishanan.

Brahmagiri MLA Sanjay Das Burma, Satyabadi MLA Uma Ballav Samantray, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Chief Administrator Pradeep Kumar Jena and Puri Collector Arbinda Agrawal were present at the project site near Narendra Pond during the stone laying ceremony.      

The proposed project would come up with an estimated cost of Rs 39 crore.

“The seven-storey building is to be completed within next one year time and will provide comfortable accommodation to 2000 Habisiali pilgrims. The dedicated permanent building will address the high demand of the pilgrims, most of whom are aged and ensure their safe and comfortable stay along with conduct of rituals,” said the Chief Minister. 

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