Puri: Nanguli Mutt To Be Demolished On Tuesday

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26 August 2019


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Puri: The pretty old and unsafe building of Nanguli Mutt on Badadanda in the Pilgrim City will be demolished tomorrow; the Mutt erected on Shree Jagannath Temple land is one of the structures that falls within 75 metres of the Meghanad Pacheri (shrine compound wall) identified by the Cabinet for demolition.

Like many other mutts in Puri, this mutt too is connected with rituals of the Shree Jagannath Temple.

“Naguli Mutt is an unsafe structure. It has been declared purely unsafe by the technical committee. We have received report from the Executive Officer of the municipality. In accordance with the provisions of the municipal law we are going to take action tomorrow for demolition of Nanguli Mutt,” informed Puri Collector Balwant Singh.

The Collector said that he has discussed the matter with the occupant of the property-the mutt’s Mahant who has agreed for relocation.

“Though it’s temple land I have discussed the issue with the Mahant of the Mutt and he has agreed to shift. We will arrange for his stay. Our efforts will be to protect the temple inside the mutt where the Mahant can conduct his rituals,” Singh added.

The Collector further informed that he has also discussed the matter with the shopkeepers through the Mahant since they are his tenants adding that the administration is working out a plan for their rehabilitation.

“Rehabilitation plan will be worked out in consultation with all stakeholders for their betterment; be it provision of shops, rooms on rent etc,” Singh added.

Responding to a query by the media, the Collector said: “There is nothing for the citizens to be scared of. Any encroachment within the development project will be evicted. Illegal structures will be demolished after following due process of law.”

Earlier in the day, amidst resentment shopkeepers were seen shifting their merchandise from the shops located at the Nanguli Mutt premises.

The shopkeepers staged a dharna and demanded more time from the district administration to shift elsewhere.  




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Balwant Singh, Collector, Puri