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In Lord Jagannath of Puri’s name, 25,000 acres, a lot of it encroached

Jan 14 2013, 13:46 IST
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56,000 acres estimated owneship, 25,711 acres in govt records. 56,000 acres estimated owneship, 25,711 acres in govt records.
SummaryOne plot cleared, more targeted, task is to identify another 30,000 acres not recorded in deity’s name

to evict encroachers from at least 1,000 acres in the next few weeks. After it is freed, the land would be sold to the general public through the Bhubaneswar Development Authority. The funds so generated would be deposited in the temple corpus fund.

Encouraged by the success of the drive, the temple administration is now in the process of identifying the remaining 30,000 acres for which there is no record of rights as yet. “Most of these lands are in districts of Puri, Khurda, Cuttack and Ganjam. If we get back the land, the lord’s would probably be the richest among all shrines in India,” Padhee said.

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