Maintaining the heritage our nation possesses is an endeavour of prime importance. It’s a priced possession we have; something we cannot afford to lose, as it would never come back to us. These monuments carry remnants of time, which if once lost will never be able to find a way back.
The Augmentation of Basic Amenities and Development of Heritage and Architecture or ABADHA is a scheme for Puri – a city in Odisha – to develop as a world-class city.
For an ambitious project as this, the proposal in this regard was set out to be Rs 719 crore. This amount will be spent under the provisions of the scheme in 2019-20. The overall cost of the projects to be taken up under the ABADHA will be around Rs 1402 crore and Rs 1087 crore in 2020-21 and 2021-22 respectively.
Major plans undertaken by the ABADHA:
There is a range of projects undertaken by the ABADHA, which include the following
- Shree setu Project
- Musa River Revival Plan
- Jagannath Ballav Pilgrim centre
- Upgradation of the Raghunandan Library
- Acharya Harihar Square re-development
- Atharnala Heritage Project
- Matha Development Initiative
- Development of various lakes
These project undertakings are likely to cost Rs 2308 crores.
For a city that has constantly suffered the unfortunate end of natural calamities, this scheme comes as a good news. Finally, the city of Puri can enjoy the rightful status it deserves in terms of being a world-heritage site.