Odisha Channel Bureau
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who travelled from Bhubaneswar to Puri on Saturday, prayed Lord Jagannath for the well-being of the people of Odisha.
This is for the first time that Patnaik travelled a long distance by road since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to contain COVID-19 pandemic in March this year.
Since the Lord Jagannath temple remains closed so far, Patnaik went round the temple and offered his prayers to the Lord from the Simhadwar (Lion Gate) of the temple.
During his visit to the temple town, Patnaik also reviewed various works under the ABADHA Scheme aimed at strengthening the security of the Lord Jagannath temple and make Puri a world class heritage city.
The Chief Minister also reviewed the Sri Jagannath Heritage Corridor and the arrangements of queue management and directed that devotees should have hassle free entry through Simhadwar.
The heritage corridor should be designed in such a manner that persons with disabilities should be able to go around Parikrama on their own, said Patnaik.