Bhubaneswar, Dec 2 (LocalWire): Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced that Puri district administration acquired 75% land within 75 metre radius of Meghanad Prachir, the compound wall of the 12th century Jagannath Temple.
In 40 days, 75% of private land has been acquired, Patnaik said, extending gratitude to traders and hotel owners who let go of their land.
‘It’s a sacrifice on their part which has resulted in one of the successful land acquisitions in the country,’ the chief minister said.
Patnaik also appreciated government officials and employees who worked continuously, without leave, during the land acquisition.
Earlier, the unauthorized structures around 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 co-operating, officials said.
The 300 families that were affected due to the eviction have been adequately compensated as per the rehabilitation package announced by the government. The government has approved Rs 95 crore housing project for the oustees.
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.