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‘Rs.7.41 crore to be spent on preservation of heritage sites'

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— Photo: Lingaraj Panda

Way to go: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik addressing at the State-Level Workshop on Community Livelihood Opportunities through Conservation and Enhancement of Maritime Built Heritage in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

BHUBANESWAR: An amount of Rs. 7.41 crore would be spent on preservation and restoration work of eight heritage sites identified along the Orissa coast during the next five years.

Preservation of cultural heritage and monuments along the coastal stretch would be undertaken through the involvement of experts such as LASA-INTACH. The work involves the structural conservation, chemical conservation, environmental upgradation, and illumination of the monuments. It has been decided that primarily, the aesthetic and grand classic look of the monuments and the cultural sites will be maintained while any contemporary work and intervention will be avoided to preserve the historical and physical integrity of the cultural property.

The programme will be undertaken under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project, a joint initiative of the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India, the World Bank and the State government.

Heritage tourism

Addressing a workshop on “Improvement and conservation of cultural and archaeological assets” under ICZMP, here on Thursday, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said: “most of these monuments are situated along the important tourist circuits. The monuments have the potential to be developed into heritage tourism sites which can address the livelihood issues of the coastal fisher women.” Mr. Patnaik expressed satisfaction that the LASA- INTACH consortium developed a master plan for the Orissa State Museum which was one of the finest institutions of the State established in 1932.

The museum houses a rich collection of sculptures, coins, copper plates, stone inscriptions, lithic and bronze age tools, rare manuscripts written on palm leaves, traditional and folk musical instruments, and manuscript gallery contains some rare palm leaf manuscripts, he said. The monuments and temples proposed to be brought under the ICZM conservation programme are Potagada (Ganjam Fort), Ganjam; British cemetery, Ganjam, Bateswara temple, Kanitagada, Bhaba Kundaleswar temple, Manikpatna, Harachandi temple, Baliharachandi, Harihardeva temple, Nairi, Jaganatha temple, Penthaand old building, Jambu, Kendrapara.

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