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Demolition of illegal religious buildings continues in Odisha
As a result of a demolition drive, which began in the city on May 1 and is still continuing, one of the largest structures that has been demolished includes the Vedanta Ashram, which had reportedly encroached upon 8.316 acres of land.

The Cuttack District administration has demolished 15 illegally constructed 'religious institutions' in Cuttack city. At least 200 religious institutions, including temples, would be demolished as the administration has launched a drive following the orders of the Odisha High Court. 

A 20-year-old and 40 ft. height temple built illegally on govt. land was demolished on 9th May 2013 before two ashrams were completely pulled down. The Shyamashyama temple built at over Rs. 2 crores on the bank of Kathajodi river, Cuttack, was completely pulled down in two days. 

Six bulldozers have been pressed into service to demolish the Shyamashama temple, which had come up on an area of 5000 sq.ft., though the temple had its existence since early 90s. It was inaugurated in presence of several ministers and government officials. The unauthorised construction of religious nature have illegally come up on public roads and the bank of rivers Mahanadi and Kathajodi within the Cuttack Municipal Corporation limits.

Inspite of protest by people the enforcement squad began demolition of a small shrine with idols of Rama, Shiva, Hanuman and Santoshi Maa on the premises of Gundicha Temple which was built over two acres way back 1996. The temple administration had conducted a Car Festival for the first time in 2000. Since then the festival was being celebrated in a grand manner every year.

According to official records some of the major encroached religious buildings were the Asaram Bapu temple, Mahalaxmi temple and Ramanigameswar temple, and these have already been demolished, and the demolition drive will take another one month, an official told this citizen journalist . The government has also decided to demolish illegally constructed houses, temples, ashrams and other religious institutions in the state. 

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