The wall and some adjacent shops were demolished on Friday
GORAKHPUR: CM Yogi Adityanath has approved a proposal to demolish a part of Gorakhnath Temple boundary wall to widen the road connecting Gorakhpur to Sonauli.
On the CM’s instructions, the wall and some adjacent shops were demolished on Friday to facilitate the widening of the road connecting Gorakhnath Temple, Dharamshala, Mohdipur, Kudaghat and Nandanagar with the airport.
“Earlier, Yogi did not attend his father’s funeral and chose duty over personal issues. And by ordering demolition of the temple wall, the CM has sent out a strong signal that any construction, be it a shop, house or any religious place, would be demolished when the matter relates to public interest and development,” said Vinay Gautam, a senior staff off the temple.
‘Road in front of temple saw massive traffic jams’
Before coming to Gorakhpur a few days ago, Yogi had approved demolition of the wall, which has some adjacent shops, for the construction of the four-lane road to ease traffic pressure.“The road in front of the temple was witnessing massive traffic jams quite often and with the completion of the project, this problem is expected to be resolved,” said an official.
The work on the project is underway on a brisk pace and PWD has demolished a portion of the boundary wall and also around 50 shops adjacent to it, from the main gate to the next gate of the temple.PWD national highway project manager MK Agarwal said, “The construction of four-lane road has to be completed by March 2021. We have already finished 30% of the work.”
“The temple boundary wall was posing hindrance in construction of the 17-km-long road from Jungle Kaudia to Mohaddipur. For the last three days, the department has been demolishing shops and around three dozen of them have been demolished. From Gorakhpur over-bridge to Rajendra Nagar, around 200 shops are coming under encroachment limit of the fourlane road construction,” said officials.
Asked about the demolition of Gorakhnath temple boundary wall and shops adjacent to it, he said, “The work is under progress with the CM’s consent. As far as the temple is concerned, a portion of the boundary wall and around 50 adjacent shops have been demolished. About 150 shops, including private, have to be demolished for which compensation has already been paid in some areas,” he added.