Eviction Drive Up To 75 Mtrs From Puri Srimandir Begins With Demolition Of Nanguli Mutt

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27 August 2019


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Puri: Structures within 75 metre radius of Puri Srimandir are being demolished in a mega Rs 500-crore developmental and beautification drive of the temple town. The structure to be demolished today is the Nanguli Mutt.

The Mutt located near the temple had been declared unsafe a decade ago. Atleast 10 shops running business from the mutt have already moved their stock as per District Administration’s orders.

Puri Collector Balwant Singh said, “Today we began demolishing Nanguli Mutt from 6 am. It has often been declared unsafe structure, but we weren’t disturbing it. We keep it intact by enforcing extra support during Rath Yatra. The technical committee once again verified it and found it unsafe for which it required immediate removal."

"We consulted with the Mahant of the Mutt as well as the shopkeepers. They were convinced and supported the move. They themselves vacated everything and at 6 am today we started the demolition. It’ll continue. The main deity of the Mutt will be preserved by us," he said.

Including District Collector and Puri SP, eight Magistrates are present at the site of demolition. Additionally, 30 platoon police force and Odisha Swift Action Force (OSAF) personnel have been deployed in Puri to maintain law and order situation.

“We are also examining the structure of Emar Mutt. If found unsafe, action will also be taken against it. The structures are being demolished as they are found to be unsafe," he added.

Previously, CM Naveen Patnaik had urged the locals to sacrifice their ease for the sake of Lord Jagannath and fully cooperate in the mega drive. The 500-crore project includes construction of Sri Setu, an eight-kilometre flyover from Malatipatapur to Jagannath Ballav, a multi-layer parking facility at Jagannath Ballav and Old Jail Space, four-laning of almost all the roads, construction of a lake, ,ulti-storey market complexes, renovation of holy water bodies and revival of Musa and Mangala rivers.

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Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri

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Binaya Kumar Dash, ADM, Puri