Odisha: Transfer Of Ekamrakanan Land In Bhubaneswar Put On Hold
Bhubaneswar: The proposed move by the State Government to surrender over 20 acres of precious land belonging to the Ekamrakanan farm in the Capital City to the General Administration department has been put on hold.
In a letter, the Directorate of Horticulture on Tuesday directed the Assistant Director of Horticulture, Ekamrakanan, to maintain status quo of the park land as was before.
The development comes in the backdrop of wide-spread protests by opposition parties who slammed the Odisha government accusing the latter of trying to destroy the forest areas in the Capital city for commercial exploitation.
Earlier, the State Directorate of Horticulture, Krushi Bhawan had written to the Assistant Director of Horticulture, Ekamrakanan and directing the latter to surrender the land to the General Administration department.
“It is to intimate that a decision has been taken by the Govt. for surrender of Ac 20.192 dec from Ekamrakanan farm to GA & PG Department excepting an area of AC 5.775 dec where there are buildings,” read the letter issued by the Directorate of Horticulture .
Both the BJP and the Congress had raised questions over the modus operandi of the government in asking the Assistant Director of Horticulture, Ekamrakanan to surrender around 20 acres of land to the State General Administration (GA) department out of the 25 acres of land belonging to the park.
Congress MLA Sura Routray had slammed the move of the State government and said that Congress won’t let the government succeed in its ‘conspiracy’ to destroy the park.
Routray had alleged that the State government has not taken any measures to develop the farm in the last 20 years. The Congress MLA had earlier warned of a massive protest against the government and said that instead of building commercial buildings, the Odisha government should rather carry out beautification works in the park.
State BJP general secretary, Prithviraj Harichandan also came down heavily on the State government and asked the reason behind the direction to surrender the 20 acres land belonging to the city’s green lung.