24-hour Konark bandh cripples normal life

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Konark: Tourists and commuters faced a tough time as normal life was thrown out of gear in Konark area in Puri district following a 24-hour Konark bandh called by Bhusurakhya Kriyanusthan Committee.

The committee has called the bandh in protest to construction of the replica of the Sun Temple. The Committee also demanded redressal of all land related disputes of people living in the area.

The protesters staged road blockades at Balikapileshwar Chhak on Konark-Puri road and near Bunei on Pipili-Konark road disrupting vehicular movement.

Shops, educational institutions, business establishments and government offices were closed from the morning as protesters started picketing.

Tourists failed to visit the historic Sun Temple as agitators prevented them from entering into its premise.

The Bhusurakhya Kriyanusthan Committee has appealed the administration to issue land records to residents of at least 10 revenue ‘mouza’ in Konark area without further delay as the locals are facing problems after the government declared the land in 10 mouzas on outskirts of Konark temple as ‘not final’ since 1980s.

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