17 January 2020
Puri: In continuation with eviction of structures within 75-metre radius of Puri Srimandir, eviction followed by demolition of the structures at the Bali Sahi area of Kakudikhai Chaka began today.
Puri Sub-Collector Bhaba Tarana Sahoo said, “The demolition began after a break of two days taken for Makar Sankranti. The demolition is underway with complete cooperation of locals and in presence of CESU, PHD and temple administration officials. Since this is a busy square, we have made sure that there are no traffic snares.”
Speaking on the developmental projects under ABHADA yojana, Puri ADM Binaya Kumar Dash said, “The blueprints were duly inspected by the Chief Minister yesterday and will start in due time.” He thanked locals for fully cooperating with the administration in the demolition process. He added that the additional was taken during demolition of Mutts and their restoration would be undertaken soon.
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. Landmark structures such as Nanguli Mutt, Emar Mutt, Raghunandan Library have already been demolished as per this program as they were deemed unsafe.
The 500-crore developmental 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, multi-storey market complexes, renovation of holy water bodies and revival of Musa and Mangala rivers.