As per a release from the government, because of the permissive possession given
by the State Government in October 2012, measures for conservation of the world
heritage monument Sun Temple Konark are to be undertaken by Archaeological
Survey of India (ASI) soon. While works started by ASI is going to help
conservation of the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar, the Union Government has
also agreed to Odisha’s proposal for upgrading Guru Kelucharan Odissi Research
Centre to that of a Museum, said the release.
In addition, the long pending demand of the State to introduce a Special
Train to cover the Buddhist Circuit of Odisha for promotion of tourism
in the State has been acceded to and the first train is expected to
start running in the 3rd week of December 2012.
Persistent efforts by the State have resulted in reconstitution of the
Odisha Coastal Zone Management Authority, release of Central Share to
the Odisha State Treatment Fund Society and announcement of time line
for upgrading Biju Patnaik Domestic Airport to an International Airport
by April 2013, the release said.
While allotment of 10 acres of land adjacent to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has
enabled the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to start process for
Regional Institute of Para Medical Sciences at Bhubaneswar, Degree
courses in Hotel Management would start from the next academic year if
Odisha Government gives clearance to transfer land to the State
Institute of Hotel Management Society, Bolangir.
‘Because of timely action taken by the State Government and regular
monitoring by the Office of the Principal Resident Commissioner, Odisha,
substantial progress has been achieved on many significant issues,’ said
the official release.
Keeping in view the proposals still pending with various union
ministries, Chief Minister advised the office of the Principal Resident
Commissioner to closely monitor all such proposals and to secure
necessary approvals at the earliest.
While visiting the exclusive exhibition
organized by Boyanika in the premises of Odisha Bhawan, Naveen expressed
his happiness over introduction of new designs and colours in the
handloom sector to cater to the Delhi market. Chief Minister, however,
advised that there should be constant endeavour for new designs matching
demands of the highly competitive and rapidly changing markets of New
Delhi and other parts of the country.