Puri, Dec 4 (LocalWire): Puri district administration today renewed its drive to free the Meghanada Pacheri (compound wall) of the 12th century Jagannath temple to ensure the safety and security of the holy shrine.
The Urban Local Body (ULB)-run Municipality Public Health Centre is being bulldozed today as the structure fell within the 75-metre territorial security zone. The administration has already provided land for its relocation to another spot, Puri Collector Balwant Singh said.
As part of the drive to ensure the safety of the 12th-century shrine, Emar Mutt, Languli Mutt, Raghunandan heritage library besides other Mutts (monasteries) and commercial establishments have already been razed since 27 August last.
The bulldozing of the permanent structures within a 75-metre radius of the Meghanada Pacheri (compound wall) is being carried out in pursuant to ruling by a committee headed by retired judge of Orissa High Court BP Das who recommended removing such structures early this year. The state cabinet had also accorded its seal of approval to the demolition exercise.
The district administration is abiding by the direction issued by the state Cabinet which approved the demolition of these illegal structures along the temple boundary wall.