jagannatha: Supreme Court clears 800 crore Jagannatha corridor project, dismisses pleas | India News

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday greenlighted the Odisha government’s prestigious, yet mired in litigation, Rs 800 crore Jagannatha temple corridor project by dismissing two petitions seeking stay of ongoing excavation work around the temple to construct basic and essential amenities for pilgrims and devotees.
A bench of Justices B R Gavai and Hima Kohli examined the documented stands of Odisha government, the Archaeological Survey of India as well as the temple administrator and said, “The construction is being carried out for the purpose of providing basic and essential amenities like toilets for men and women, cloak rooms, electricity rooms etc. These are the basic facilities which are necessary for the convenience of the devotees at large.”
Terming the two special leave petitions filed by Ardhendu Kumar Das and Sumanta Kumar Ghadei as frivolous, the bench imposed cost of Rs 1 lakh each and ordered them to deposit the money within a week. In what would be more damaging to the PIL against the project pending before the Orissa high court.

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