Bhubaneswar: The Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik, Wednesday directed that the much hyped city beautification work of Puri and Bhubaneswar be started from Friday.

Presiding over a meeting here on Wednesday, the chief minister reviewed the Heritage Projects of Puri and Bhubaneswar. The meeting was attended by chief secretary Asit Tripathy, CMO chief adviser R Balakrishnan, development commissioner Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, CM’secretary VK Pandian, Puri Jagannath Temple chief administrator Krishan Kumar and Puri collector Baldev Singh.

The works of Heritage Projects were stopped for over two months due to the Covid-19 lockdown. Under the Heritage Projects of Puri land acquisition for Sri Setup, Sri Jagannath Ballav Tirtha Kendra, Mohadadadhi Market Complex, and Expansion of River Musa is expected to be completed in two months time. Designs for the Sri Jagannath Heritage Corridor, Development of Badadanda, Jagannath Cultural Centre, renovation of temple administrative building are being prepared.

Beautification of places around Puri Jagannath temple was stopped for over two months due to Covid-19 lockdown. The eviction from 75 meters area around would be started from Friday.

In Bhubaneswar, the area around Lingaraj Temple is being developed. Plan and design are being prepared for development of the space between the Lingaraj Temple and the holy pond of Bindusagar. The State government is soon going to sign an MoU with Indian Chemical Institute for improving the quality of water of Bindusagar and other holy water bodies around the Lingaraj temple.