The projects have been constructed under the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme of the Indian Oil Corporation of India Limited (IOCL).
A 100-foot length and 40-foot width community centre and other projects constructed at an expense of Rs 2 crore were inaugurated by Pradhan. The community centre has all modern facilities like toilet and drinking water facility.
As many as 14 solar lights have been installed for illumination of the temple campus. Besides, the gate work, which had remained half-made, has been completed.
For illumination of Upper Maninagar Temple campus, a high mast light and four focus lights have been installed. The lighting system is likely to attract more visitors and tourists.
On the occasion, Pradhan thanked the IOCL for undertaking beautification works for the Maninagarpur temple, which was a long standing demand of people of Ranapur.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion, the Union Minister said, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ‘Bikashita Bharat’ (Developed India), envisaged to be translated into reality in coming 25 years when India will be celebrating 100th year Independence. Keeping this in mind, developmental projects are being undertaken. Maa Maninaga Pitha, which epitomises rich culture and heritage and has prospects of economic viability, will be developed.”
He too remembered velour and heroic acts of martyred Raghunath Mohany and Dibakar Parida. For their dedication and sacrifices, the country is now celebrating “Amrut Mahotsav” of 75th year of Independence, said Pradhan.
Earlier to the programme, Pradhan had visited the Maa Maninag Temple and paid obeisance to the goddess. He too paid tributes at the “Saheed Raghu-Dibakar” Smruti Manda. He met noted centenarian freedom fighter and social worker Hatanath Mangaraj at Siko and took his blessings. He too held discussions with his Mangaraj’s family members.
BJP activists in large numbers greeted Pradhan at Khordha, Malipada, Jankia, Chhanagiri, Siko and other places on his way to Nayagarh.