Puri: The Puri district administration today began the demolishment of shops built on Bada Danda (Grand Road) in the town.
According to sources, the district administration along with the police also conducted an inspection and informed the owners to vacate the shops at the earliest.
Locals and concerned shopkeepers expressed resentment regarding the drive since yesterday. They also alleged that proper rehabilitation and compensation has not been prepared prior to the drive.
Disappointed over the loss of their decades-old shops, the locals have hoped to be relocated soon.
While strong opposition was expected during the drive, shopkeepers and locals have portrayed signs of co-operation by vacating the premises ahead of the demolition drive.
However, security in the area has been beefed up and 30 platoons of the police force along with Odisha Swift Action Force (OSAF) personnel have been deployed here in order to avoid any untoward situation. Similarly, 21 magistrates are also present here.
Earlier on Monday, the district administration served notices to the owners of the shops that are situated near Bada Danda (Grand Road) regarding the demolition drive.
All shops within a 75-metre radius of the Shree Jagannath Temple will be demolished to ensure safety and security of the 12th-century shrine in with the recommendations of Justice BP Das Commission.