Bhubaneswar, Nov 3: The State government today refuted media reports of GA&PG department of over taking the land belonging to Ekamra Kanan.
“Such news is not based on fact. No part of Ekamra Kanana is being taken back by Government. Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy has said that Ekamra Kanana is a place of pride for Bhubaneswar, and, Government is committed to improve it further. Government attaches the highest importance to the regional plant resources centre functioning in the Ekamra Kanan with its wide ranging activities in biotechnological research. The place will be kept up and maintained as a public place of prominence,” read a release by the office of Chief Secretary.
Sources said that the department of Horticulture is surrendering some of its unutilized land lying vacant for five decades in mouza Jayadev Vihar and Paika Nagar. The land will be put to more productive use and is not related to Ekamra Kanana land.
Earlier in the day, Congress MLA Suresh Routray has accused the state government of trying to divert the land filled with thousands of tress. The MLA has also threatened to stage protest in this connection.