Bhubaneswar, Dec 2 (LocalWire) Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday announced that the administration has acquired 75 per cent land within 75-metre radius of Meghanad Prachir, the compound wall of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri.
In 40 days, 75 per cent of private land has been acquired; Patnaik said extending gratitude to traders, hotel owners who have given away their land.
It’s a sacrifice on their part which has resulted in one of the successful land acquisition of the country, he said.
Patnaik also expressed appreciation towards the government officials and employees who worked wholeheartedly without leave for the successful land acquisition work around the temple.
Earlier the unauthorized structures around the Jagannath temple had been demolished in a month-long exercise.
The notification for the acquisition of land had been issued today in accordance with the legal provisions. The land acquisition process has been hassle-free and unhindered with landowners extending cooperation in this regard, officials said.
300 families who were affected by the eviction are being adequately compensated as per the rehabilitation package announced by the government. Rs 95 crore housing project for the oustees has been approved by the government.
The proposed housing project with each dwelling unit of 520 square feet area will be within 1.5 kilo radius of the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri, the officials added.