Bhubaneswar, December 9 (LocalWire): The district administration in Khurda on Monday launched an anti-encroachment drive to clear the area around the 11th century Lord Lingaraj temple here.
The government has decided to remove all permanent constructions in the area falling within a 40-metre radius of the famous Shaivite shrine in the city that is also protected by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The eviction drive on Monday was taken after a high-level decision was taken to beautify the surroundings of the medieval era temple, a senior official stated.
“The drive has been peaceful and incident-free so far. However, adequate armed police deployment has been made as a precautionary measure, the officer said.
The eviction is being carried out jointly by the district administration and the Archaeological Survey of India which is in charge of conserving the temple.
Simultaneously, commercial structures along with the Mangu mutt (monastery) within a 75-metre radius of 12th century Puri Jagannath temple were also razed to the ground today, officials stated.