Demolition drive near Puri Srimandir continues

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Puri: The Puri district administration today continued to carry out the demolition of structures flanking Meghanad Prachirand and areas surrounding the boundary of Shree Jagannath Temple.

Hundreds of police personnel, along with magistrates, were deployed to avoid any untoward incident that might have occurred during the demolition drive.

The eviction drive beside the ‘Meghanada Pacheri’ (boundary wall of Srimandir) began in presence of the district Collector yesterday.

According to reports, establishments and buildings barring the statue of Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das from the Lions’ Gate are being cleared today.

Structures including shoe-stands, shops, toilets, a police outpost and a government information centre were pulled down.

The administration assured that an alternative area will be identified for these establishments.

The State government had proposed to implement certain recommendations of the Justice BP Das Commission of Inquiry from the first interim report which relate to the safety and improvement of the temple in the first phase.

As per the order, all structures within 75 metres of the Jagannath Temple in Puri would be removed to ensure its safety and security, and for the convenience of the pilgrims.

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