Bhubaneswar, Dec 20 (LocalWire): The state government will use the Geographical Information System (GIS) to prepare the record of rights of over 60,000 acres land owned by Puri Jagannath temple.
The 12th-century shrine is the legal custodian of 60,418 acres or 244.5 square kilometre area both within and outside the state.
‘Of the over 60,000-acre land, the temple administration has prepared the ROR of nearly 38,000 acres.
The record of rights of the rest of the land is being prepared and to make the process foolproof, GIS will be used for proper demarcation of the Lord’s land,’ chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Kishan Kumar said.
The temple in Puri also owns mines and quarries besides huge immovable assets in the form of landed property spread across the country.
The ‘affluent’ status of the Lord come to light recently in the wake of a report furnished by amicus curiae, appointed by the Supreme Court to assist it in the matter related to Jagannath temple administration.
The Supreme Court had directed the state government to prepare an inventory of landed properties and submit it details and the income the temple is generating from them.
The court in a ruling, on 5 November, had further ordered preparation of the record of rights of the Lord-owned land within six months and its submission before the court.