Construction of long awaited ‘Biju Patnaik Sanskriti Bhavan’ in Berhampur was expected to start from February or March .

It may be noted that that this project is already much delayed as its foundation stone was laid in 2004. As per the authorities this project was delayed as the Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) which had been assigned the construction work did not take up the project. Now this project would be constructed through the Roads and Building division of the State government.

District culture and tourist officer Krushna Chandra Nishank said this project would cost around Rs. 4 crore. Department of culture of the State government had already released Rs. 1.31 crore for the project in the first phase.

Completion of ‘Biju Patnaik Sanskriti Bhavan’ would fulfil the need for a well equipped auditorium for cultural activities in the city. As per the plans the auditorium of this project would have capacity of around 1,000 audience. At present the city lacks a modern auditorium to accommodate a large audience.

The ‘Biju Patnaik Sanskriti Bhavan’ would be a three-storied building on around 1.2 acres of land. Its ground floor would be used for parking purpose. Its first floor would be meant for the auditorium. The second floor of the building would house the Berhampur museum which is now running in a rented house as well as district office of the State Culture Department.

According to Mr. Nishank, two drains pass through the proposed site of the ‘Biju Patnaik Sanskriti Bhavan’. “We have approached the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) for shifting of these two drains so that the construction work would not be hampered”, he said.