26 November 2019
Bhubaneswar: Lord Jagannath of Puri has 60,426.943 acre of land spread out in 24 out of 30 districts of Odisha.
This was revealed by Law Minister Pratap Jena in the State Assembly on Tuesday in a written reply to a question from Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member Bhupinder Singh.
According to the Minister, 60,426.943 acre of land in 24 districts in Odisha has been identified in the name of Sri Jagannath Mahaprabhu of Puri as per the 'Sabik'(old) settlement records. Out of this Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has obtained Final Record of Rights (Final ROR) for 34,206.734 acre, he added.
That apart a total 395.252 acre of land in the name of Lord Jagannath of Puri has been identified in six states outside Odisha, the Minister said.
Giving a breakup of the landed properties in the name of Lord Jagannath in six other states, the Minister informed that a maximum of 322.930 acre of land is in West Bengal followed by 28.218 acre in Maharashtra, 25.110 acre in Madhya Pradesh, 17.020 acre in Andhra Pradesh, 1.700 acre in Chhattisgarh and 0.274 acre in Bihar.
Jena told the House that the Sri Jagannath Temple Management Committee has already lodged 386 encroachment cases in different tehsils of the State as the Lord's land remain in illegal possession of different people and institutions.
Encroachment cases have been filed to recover 96.269 acre of land and these encroachments have been detected in the districts of Cuttack, Puri, Bhadrak, Kendrapara, Khurda, and Balasore districts, he has clarified.
Jena informed the House that the temple administration has so far sold 341.308 acre of land out of the 34,206.734 acre for which the SJTA has obtained Final ROR, and recovered about Rs 10,64,90,577 (Rs 10.65 crore approx).
The minister said that steps are being taken by the SJTA to dispose of more of the remaining land.