Puri: Over 10 acres of encroached Swargadwara land were restored today in favour of Shri Jagannath Temple Adm inistration (SJTA).
OEA Collector pronounced the order after disposing of 170 cases. The encroached land of 10.17 acres was restored under Odisha Estate Abolition Act, 1951.
Notably, the temple management committee had prayed to bring back 30.400 acre land of which around 14 acres have already been restored.
Earlier, it had come to the notice of the court that the encroached patches of land had been sold off with forged documents for which notices were also served to respondents. Interestingly, the crematorium which stood on 16.04 acre was shrunk to only one acre as the land was encroached by some individuals. In April last year, an encroachment drive was launched to free the crematorium from encroachment.