Bhubaneswar, December 11 (LocalWire)The State government today announced temporary resettlement of evacuees whose kiosks in close proximity of 11th century Lingaraj temple had been pulled down in an ongoing drive for beautification of the shrine’s peripheral surroundings.
The eviction of encroachers that had got a kick-start on December 9 had to be suspended yesterday following show of stiff opposition from the would-be-oustees.
The matter has been amicably settled today with the administration sorting out the dispute with the aggrieved people.
The drive to clear the encroached spots within 40-metre radius of the famous Shaivite shrine will resume tomorrow, Prem Chandra Chaudhary, Commissioner Bhubaneswar Municiplal Commissioner (BMC) told the LocalWire.
Unlike the ongoing eviction drive near Puri Jagannath temple, we are evicting only those people who have illegally occupied the land either owned by the temple or the government.
In Puri, permanent constructions within 75 metre radius of Jagannath temple’s compound wall are being razed from security point of view. Private landowners are also being displaced from the earmarked radius, he said.
Here, we are dealing only with encroachers within the prohibited 40 metre radius. None with legitimate record of rights is being displaced, he said.
The oustees who were carrying out business and commercial activities around the temple since long in encroached land will be provided an alternate site close to the temple for rebuilding their kiosks. However it’s purely temporary measure.
Only when the government comes out with a rehabilitation and resettlement package, they will be permanently resettled, he added.