Puri: While the Odisha government is under fire for clearing encroachments and unsafe structures around Jagannath temple, Supreme Court-appointed Amicus Curie today hailed the decision to free the surrounding.
Amicus Curie Ranjit Kumar and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta are on a trip to the holy town.
“Nearly 15 lakh devotees are expected to visit Puri next year to witness the Lords’ Nagarjuna Besha, which will be held after a gap of 25 years. Adequate arrangements are required to manage such huge rush to ensure smooth darshan of the Lords. Everyone should extend cooperation for this,” said Kumar.
After paying obeisance to the sibling deities, the duo also held discussion with the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to take stock of the progress of heritage corridor.
The state government is removing the encroachments and dilapidated buildings up to 75 meters from the shrine for beautification as part of the World Heritage City project.
SJTA chief administrator Dr Krishan Kumar, Collector Balwant Singh, DIG (Intelligence) Asish Singh among others were also present in the meeting.