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Temple razed at Yelwal

Staff Correspondent

Adjoining shops, house on public property also demolished


Temple at Yelwal was built on public property

Officials say demolition drive will continue


— PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

Strong action:The temple at Yelwal on Mysore-Hunsur Road being demolished on Tuesday.

MYSORE: As part of its drive to remove places of worship constructed on public property, the district administration on Tuesday razed a temple on Mysore-Hunsur Road at Yelwal, about 10 km from Mysore city.

The temple is located next to the newly constructed satellite bus terminus at Yelwal.

The administration demolished the structure with the help of three excavators and nearly 50 workers, after the temple trustees did not comply with Deputy Commissioner Harsh Gupta's direction to remove the construction voluntarily.

Tahsildar Manjunathaswamy supervised the operation, which was carried out under police protection.

Other than the temple, eight shops, a house and a half-constructed community hall, which were next to the temple complex were demolished.

Order

A Supreme Court directive says that all illegal places of worship across the country must be removed.

Before the demolition drive began in the district, the administration held meetings with the trustees of various places of worship that had been categorised as “unauthorised” and sought their cooperation in removing the structures.

Officials of the the Mysore City Corporation had conducted a survey and identified 210 places of worship and ‘aralikattes' constructed in violation of the law.

The demolitions of unauthorised structures in and around the city would continue, the authorities said.

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