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Puri Jagannath Temple Periphery Becomes No-Begging, No-Vending, No-Parking Zone

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17 July 2019

Baibhav Mishra

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Puri: More than 30,000 devotees throng Sri Jagnnath temple everyday and during festive season the pilgrims shoots upto 70,000 to one lakh per day. In a bid to keep the temple periphery free from beggars, encroachments and vehicular parking the Puri district administration has initiated an intensive drive.

As a part of this drive, on Wednesday, the stretch between Singhadwar and Sri Jagannath Temple Administration office was declared no-parking, no-vending and no-begging zone.

This stretch on the Bada Danda (Grand Road), was freed from beggars, makeshift shops, petty traders and vehicular parking, giving the area spick-and-span look. The movement of beggars has been completely restricted in the area from Arun Stambha to the SJTA office. Today, all beggars seated in the area were asked to vacate.

To ensure smooth and seamless execution of this initiative, the district administration held extensive discussions with vendors who own shops in the periphery and local residents, following which the eviction-drive was carried out.

"Our intent is to offer clutter-free and divine look to the entrance and approach road, to the thousands of pilgrims who visit the temple day in and day out," Puri Collector, Balwant Singh said.

In the second phase of this drive, the administration has decided to clear the encroachments around the 'Meghanad Pachery' or the ancient compound wall of the Holy Shrine. The old wall of the temple should be exposed and clearly visible to everyone.

In the third and final phase, a restriction will be imposed on movement of vehicles in this area. Only those vehicles which have police escort or an entitlement will be allowed into this area. No one else will be permitted to park their vehicles (both two-wheelers and four-wheelers) in the vicinity of Sri Jagannath Temple.

“There will be no parking or no movement of vehicles in front of the 'Arun Stambh'. A dedicated corridor on the left side of this stretch for movement of vehicles will be setup," Singh added.

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Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri