Bhubaneswar, Sep 08 (LocalWire) Authorities today bulldozed the Bada Akhada Mutt, a 600-year-old monastery as part of the ongoing exercise to demolish all structures within 75-metre radius of Meghanad Prachir, the compound wall of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple.
Since the commencement of demolition drive since past fortnight, two historic monasteries- Languli and Emar mutts- razed to the ground.
Besides the Raghunandan heritage library dating back to British Raj has also been demolished.
The administration has identified 18 monasteries as unsafe structure. These mutts will be demolished in phased manner.
The pilgrim town was once home to 300 monasteries.
However with the passage of time, only 78 monasteries are in functional state with the rest lying in dilapidated and abandoned state, said officials.
The Puri district administration had earlier put brakes on the demolition of the historic monastery or mutt near the Jagannath temple on Tuesday last following vehement protest by an outfit comprising members of Hindu seers.
It may be recalled here that the Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta deputed by the apex court had visited the pilgrim town yesterday for furnishing a report on the ongoing demolition drive as part of enhancement of Jagannath temple’s security measures.
The two member panel had accorded green signal towards the administration’s demolition exercise.
The district administration is abiding by the direction issued by the State cabinet which had approved the demolition of illegal structures that have come up along the temple boundary wall.
Justice BP Das Commission earlier emphasizing on safety and security of pilgrims at Puri’s Jagannath temple had recommended that all structures within 75-metre radius of the temple, said Puri Collector Balwant Singh.
The demolition drive is incident-free so far.
Eight platoons of armed police force besides 8 executive magistrates are deployed at the site for maintenance of law & order, he added.