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.