Bhubaneswar, December 12 (LocalWire): With the controversy over the demolition of roadside structures around the 11th century Lingaraj temple in the city growing louder, the state government is planning to soon announce a rehabilitation package for the evacuees.
The eviction process is resuming today after two days’ interruption due to protests by those affected by the anti-encroachment drive.
Though the traders who have encroached upon the government land are being evicted, a scheme to settle them at a suitable site near the temple is being worked out, a senior official of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation said, adding that the rehab package may be announced in a day or two.
Unlike the ongoing eviction drive near Puri Jagannath temple, the administration is only evicting those who have illegally occupied the land either owned by the temple or the government within the 40 metre radius of the compound wall of Lingaraj temple.
In Puri, all permanent construction including private properties within the 75 metre radius of Jagannath temple’s compound wall is being razed to improve the security of the devotees and the tourists.