Eviction drive to continue

Puri: The District Administration of Puri has made it clear that pulling down of unsafe  structures which are located within 75 meters from the Shri Jagannath Temple boundary wall will continue.

District Collector Balwant Singh said this after meeting a 15-Member delegation of the Local Residents led by Jayant Sarangi, Saffron Lawmaker.

“It is wrong to call it demolition activity. The Administration has been pulling down unsafe structures and doing everything possible to secure Sri Jagannath Temple. The eviction drive within 75 metres from the temple wall will continue,” Mr.Singh told Media after the meeting.

The Collector said that the main seat of mutts (monasteries) where the deities are installed will remain intact. But, all other structures including business establishments located in the mutt premises will be evicted, he said.

The District Administration also rejected the allegation that the affected people are not getting compensation. The Collector said he would take up the matter with the affected people.

Damodor Pradhani, a Member of the delegation, said: “The District Collector has rejected our proposal to stop demolition of structures. We will take up the matter with the Chief Minister.”

Resentment is brewing in the holy town after the district administration pulled down 300-year-old Languli Mutt and 900-year-old Emar Mutt located within 75 metre from the temple. There are plans to evict five more mutts in due course.

However, the District Administration in the meantime has halted the eviction of Bada Akhada Mutt after strong opposition from monks and inmates.

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