Thursday, April 19, 2012

News Article: Demolition cloud over 63 religious structures

Express News Service

BHADRAK: The district administration has issued notices for demolition of at least 63 structures of worship built on government land.

This follows the Supreme Court directive asking state governments to ensure that no temple, mosque or any other place of worship was allowed on public space, street or property. The notices were sent to the head or caretakers of the spiritual institutions in Bhadrak town on Saturday.

Sources said two notices have been served in this regard. As per Orissa Prevention of land Encroachment Act, 1954, the tehsildar has issued show-cause notices to some seeking reply as to why action should not be taken against them for illegally encroaching public land, while the second notice to the defaulters requires them to remove the structures in the next 30 days. Of the 63, as many as 40 structures fall in Bhadrak RI circle.

However, people frequenting these places of worship have opposed the move and instead want the administration chalk out development plan without hampering these structures.

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