Bandh affects normal life in Cuttack

Cuttack: Normal life has been affected across Cuttack city on Thursday as socio-cultural groups have called for a dawn-to-dusk bandh against the demolition of religious structures on encroached government land as per the order of the Odisha High Court.

Passengers are facing problems as public transport has taken a hit due to the bandh. Auto services have been completely stopped where as bus services have been partially active.

Commercial establishments have also been closed since morning after Cuttack Mahanagar Shanti Committee, Purbanchal Shanti Committee and Matha-Mandir Surakshya Parisad had jointly called for  a bandh.

A motor cycle rally led by Cuttack Choudwar MLA Pravat Biswal was organised from College Square to make people aware about the bandh. “The decision to demolish religious structures should be reviewed”, Biswal said.

To avoid any untoward incident and to maintain law and order, police force has been deployed at various places of the city.

On the other hand, keeping in view of the ongoing bandh the demolition drive has been kept in abeyance for today.
According to officials, the Revenue administration has identified over 200 unauthorized religious structures that have illegally come up on the public roads and on the banks of rivers Mahanadi and Kathjodi within the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) limits. The structures have usurped around 50 acres of land.