Bhograi: Elaborate security arrangement has been put in place for the visit of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to Blasore Wednesday. During his visit, the Chief Minister will inaugurate as well as lay foundation stones for 46 projects worth Rs 228 crore.
The CM will also inaugurate the Talsari Beach Festival here at 12.30 pm. The beach festival is being jointly organised by the district administration, the state Tourism department and Talsari Festival Committee. The Chief Minister will inaugurate the festival for the eighth time.
The Chief Minister will also lay the foundation stone of a bridge at Pantei ghat. The bridge, a long pending demand of the local residents, will built at an estimated cost of Rs 2 crore with efforts of Bhograi MLA Ananta Das and MP Rabindra Jena.
A couple of days ago, Congress leaders had announced that they would oppose his visit to Balasore strongly. Senior Congress leaders had slammed the BJD alleging that the Chief Minister has been visiting Bhograi every year since 2011 and inaugurating Talsari beach festival, but the state government has not planted a single casuarina plant or installed light at the beach. Tourism is booming at Digha beach in West Bengal, but the state government has failed to exploit the tourism potential at Udaypur and Talsari beaches, they pointed out.
The Congress leaders also observed that the state government did not learn anything from the neighboring state.
Projects like Kirtania port, Bichitrapur port, the proposed 500 MW solar project at Narayan Mohanty Padia and the development of Bhusandheswar temple have been shelved, they alleged.
Congress leaders also demanded that the government refund the money lost by people who had invested money in various scrupulous ponzi schemes.