State to utilise Rs 1.5 cr. every year

  • Langudi hills will receive priority, says culture secretary
  • Rs.25 lakhs will be spent on the Deuli hills
  • BHUBANESWAR: In an attempt to promote Orissa as a favourite destination for Buddhist tourists and pilgrims, the Centre has allotted Rs.6-crore for conservation and promotion of the Buddhist heritage sites. Culture Secretary Gopinath Mohanty told said the funds will be utilised within four years. The State will utilise Rs.1.5-crore every year starting with the current financial year. The recently excavated heritage sites of the Langudi hills in Jajpur district will receive priority under the project, the secretary said and revealed that sites in Cuttack, Angul, Balasore, Khurda, Boudh, Ganjam and Bargarh districts will also be included under the project. The Centre has also earmarked Rs.5-crore for the Orissa State Museum, Rs.10-crore for the State Library, Rs.6-crore for the State Archaeology, Rs. 2-crore for the Orissa Lalit Kala Akademi and Rs.1-crore for the State Archive, the secretary said.