Puri, Mar 18: The news regarding sale of 35,000 acres of land belonging to Lord Jagannath is false and motivated, said Chief Administrator, Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA), Krishan Kumar.
“This is complete distortion of facts and is blatantly false and motivated. The lands, which are occupied or are under possession of various persons since long but belongs to Shree Jagannath Mahaprabhu are being settled by temple committee as per the ‘unified policy’, framed for the purpose in 2003 with an objective of protection of land of Lord Jagannath. This policy is also aimed to bring transparency and uniformity in the processes to be followed for settlement of land to the eligible persons,” said Kumar.
From 2001 to 2010, 291 acres of land and from 2011 to 2021, 96 acres of land has been settled. These have been settled for the benefit of the public mostly schools, medical college and roads. Decisions regarding the allotment of land for such public benefit infrastructure projects to Government and others are taken by the Jagannath Temple Committee, he added.
Kumar urged people of Odisha and millions of devotees of Lord Jagannath not to be misguided by such malicious lies and false reporting.