Bhubaneswar, November 5 (LocalWire): The Government of Odisha has pledged not to disturb the deities, sanctum sanctorum, the citadels (gaadi), tombs and relics of the monasteries (Mutts) in the ongoing exercise for the acquisition of land within 75-meter radius of Meghanad Prachir, the compound wall of the 12th century Shree Jagannath Temple.
The government in a compliance report submitted before the Supreme Court on 21 October said: “These structures will not be disturbed and remain at their current place with better beautification in line with Kalinga style architecture.”
“The clearing of the area within 75 meter radius of Shree Jagannath Temple is being carried out to avoid any stampede, incident of fire, taking care of emergency situation by providing ingress/egress to fire brigade and ambulance and taking the security concerns of the temple and the safety of the devotees into consideration,” the report submitted to the apex court stated.
The report further stated that the properties of the mutts or the monasteries which were being used for shops, commercial activities and lodges etc. will be acquired and cleared and the compensation would be paid as per Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy.
Every shopping unit will be eligible for allotment of a shop unit in the market complexes to be developed as part of the beautification of the temple town.
An alternate site would be made available at the nearest available place where the mutts existed earlier.
Structure cost as per law would be paid to the Mahants (the custodians of monasteries) of the respective mutts with construction assistance as prescribed in the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy.
Till the time such alternate site is made available, the state government would pay either compensation or rent on a monthly basis at a rate as per policy, the compliance report submitted before the court maintained.
The annual expenditure of the 12th-century shrine is estimated at Rs 60-70 crore while the bank interest that accrues from the corpus fund of the temple is assessed at Rs 30-35 crore.
The fiscal deficit for the functioning of the temple is borne through financial grants from the state government.
The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration owns 60, 418.353 acres of land across Odisha and other states, the government informed the Supreme Court.