Eviction drive underway near Lingaraj temple in Bhubaneswar
Bhubaneswar: The eviction drive near the Lingaraj temple here in Odisha is underway on Monday in the presence of the officials of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and police personnel.
The eviction drive around the 11th-century-old Lord Shiva temple began on Friday. However, it was stopped for two days in view of the visit of President Ram Nath Kovind in the city.
As many as 225 shops, which were constructed on the government land around the temple complex, will be demolished, officials said.
No protests or demonstrations have been reported from the spot. So much so, some shop owners were seen removing their cabins voluntarily this morning.
The eviction drive was launched following the government’s decision to develop Ekamra Kshetra (old town area) in the capital city as heritage city.
Sources said, the state government is preparing a Rs 700 crore package for the redevelopment of the 11th century Lingaraj Temple and its surroundings.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik is expected to announce the package by December 25, sources added.