Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone for a 7-storey permanent building for the comfortable accommodation of ‘Habishiyalis’ (Hindu women observing month-long religious rituals).
The building to come up at Narendra Kono would provide accommodation to nearly 2000 habishyalis. The state government would spend Rs 39 crore for the project.
The district administration would initiate tender process for the building within seven days as the chief minister has directed to complete the project by next year.
This year, the Puri administration is providing lodging arrangement for about 2,000 women devotees who have arrived here for the brata. Besides arrangement for accommodation for the devotees, provisions have been made for safe drinking water, health, sanitation and other basic necessities.
The lodging arrangements have been made at Kalyan mandap, Mochi Sahi, Bagala Dharmasala and Narendra Kona.