The renovation works of holy Swargadwar crematorium in Puri kick-started on Thursday.
With an estimated budget cost of Rs 5 crore, the Swargadwar situated on the Puri beach, would be developed with various infrastructures and amenities for people coming to cremate bodies of their relatives.
In first phase, as many as 14 graveyards would be set up which can burn 14 bodies at a time. In the second phase, the worship podiums for priests, washrooms, rest house to accommodate 400 people besides widening of roads close to the crematorium would be finished.
The works on an acre of land would take six months to complete. Hyderabad-based Phoenix Foundation has been assigned the contract for the project.
District Collector Balwant Singh convened a meeting of officials with the presence of Phoenix chairman C Suresh, who handed over a project report to Singh. Later, they visited the Swargadwar. The works began after a Bhumi Pujan by priests.
Swargadwar renovation is part of the ongoing implementation the heritage project in Puri.