The State Government’s plan to ensure parking space along with other facilities at major monuments in the capital’s Old Town area seems to have fallen flat.
In fact, several such development decisions had been taken in the past but none of them have seen light of the day.
In 2011, the State Government had directed the Tourism and Culture Department to create parking lots and public convenience facilities at temples like Rajarani, Brahmeswar, Bhaskareswar and Mukteswar in wake of a number of cultural events being organised at these places.
The work was supposed to start after an eviction drive by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation(BMC), the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), General Administration Department around these structures.
Besides, preparing a roadmap for development of parking places, construction of toilets, drainage of rainwater and removal of encroachment, the Government agencies were also directed in 2011 to remove hoardings that block the view of the important temples in Old Town by the then Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik.
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