The 2300-year old Khandagiri caves will soon get a makeover with a mini interpretation centre, parks and proper tourist infrastructure.
The master plan for this project has already been prepared and work has also started based on a report by representatives of BDA, BMC and ASI, who visited the hills a few days back.
“Landscaping of the surrounding areas will be undertaken and chairs will be placed for tourists in the first phase like Udayagiri hills. Later, a mini interpretation centre will be set up which will provide detailed information on Jainism to the tourists. We would also construct toilets for tourists in the premises. All these works would be carried out by the Engineering Division of Horticulture Department,” said AK Patel, Bhubaneswar Circle Superintendent of ASI.
It may be noted that based on the recommendation of environmentalists and experts, a decision had already been taken to close the public road from Khandagiri till Charichhaka. The entire area will be barricaded and the road between Khandagiri and Udayagiri will be converted to a footpath. The surrounding of the two hills under the barricaded area will be decorated like a park.
Work on this project has already begun. While the temporary shops in front of Khandagiri hills have been taken down, BDA has started planning to demolish the illegal encroachment around Tapoban school road to provide an alternate route for the traffic.
Courtesy: Odisha Sun Times