Konark remains out of bound for tourists due to agitation by locals

Konark: Hundreds of tourists were stranded after all the roads connecting to Konark were blocked by members of Konark Bhu Suraksha Committee demanding urgent measures to resolve land related disputes.

Visitors from different parts of the country had to face hardship as they could not visit Konark and other tourist destinations.

“I had come along with my family to visit Puri. But we are facing a lot of problems as we are now stuck here due to some protest. The agitators should allow us to leave as early as possible,” said Meena Das, a tourist from West Bengal.

Following the demonstration by Konark Bhu Suraksha Committee, vehicular movement was completely disrupted while tourists were not able to visit the Sun temple.

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The protesters demanded for settling the land disputes of the local residents of Gopo Tehsil and opposed second Konark temple proposals.

“We demand the disbursal of land pattas for the non-settled land owned by locals,” said President of Konark Bhu Suraksha Committee, SukantaMohanty.

Another protestor, Kashinath said, “Our agitation will continue till our demands are not fulfilled.”