Bhubaneswar: With less than four months remaining for the Men's Hockey World Cup to be played at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar, the authorities of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) undertook a special drive to clear encroachments near the stadium today.
The eviction drive was taken up alongside gate no-9 of the stadium. Though the enforcement squad intended to remove the illegal encroachments from Jagannath slum, they could only manage to raze down the Jagannath Temple today as the slum dwellers and locals opposed the eviction drive.
Official sources said all the illegal encroachments and slums that have come up in the vicinity of Kalinga Stadium would be cleared in a phased manner before the start of the major sporting event.
"Keeping in view the Hockey World Cup, it has been decided to clear all the encroachments that have come up around Kalinga Stadium. Today, we had come to demolish shops and other illegal constructions and slums would be cleared in phased manner," said Subhransu Sekhar Mohanty, BDA Liasoning officer.