Puri: Launching an eviction drive against unauthorised constructions adjacent to Sri Jagannath Temple here, Puri district administration today started bulldozing the structures located near ‘Meghanad Pacheri’.
The eviction drive was started at around 6 am this morning in the presence of eight magistrates and 24 platoons of police force in view of the protest by locals since a decision on the removal of encroachments by the court and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Puri Collector Balwant Singh and SP Umashankar Das also remained present during the eviction drive.
Notably, the State Cabinet recently approved a proposal directing clearing of all unauthorised structures located within the 75 metres radius of the Srimandir to ensure the shrine’s safety and security. The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendations made by Justice BP Das Commission of Inquiry.
However, the decision was being protested by members of Mukti Mandap, Jagannath Sena and a number of servitors.