Bhubaneswar: The Government of Odisha has constituted a 10-member committee headed by chief secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy to develop Ekamra Kshetra (old town area) in Bhubaneswar as heritage city.
Development commissioner Suresh Mohapatra, finance secretary Ashok Meena, housing and urban development secretary G Mathivathanan, culture secretary Manoranjan Panigrahy, tourism secretary Vishal Dev, Bhubaneswar Development Authority vice chairman Prem Chandra Chaudhary, police commissioner Sudhansu Sarangi, CRUT managing director Arun Bothra are members of the committee, called as the Ekamra Kshetra Infrastructure Development Committee.
Sources said, the government has asked the committee to prepare a comprehensive development plan for the old town area in the city and the financial implications for the purpose.
More than 500 century-old monuments and temples including the famous Lingaraj Temple, Rajarani Temple, Kedar Gouri Temple and Mukteswar Temple are located in the old town area of the state capital.
Notably, the Naveen Patnaik government, after coming to the power for five times in a row, has approved several development projects worth around Rs 700 crores to transform the holy city of Puri into a world class heritage city.