Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh): Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan performed bhoomi pujan of garment factory which as per claims will provide employment to 4,000 people. On the other hand, hundreds of families within a radius of 70 meters in front of the Mahakaleshwar Temple are getting through sleepless nights with the hope that the local administration will spare them the pain of losing their homes and livelihood.
The administration plans to clear the area which is home to hundreds of families. Members of the affected families wanted to share their plight with the CM. However, the administration went all out to restrict them from doing so.
As per official sources a verbal order was issued to arrest anyone who tries to breach the protocol while attempting to reach out to the CM.
‘Distance’ from their CM made most of the people to give up hope. They returned without getting an opportunity for an audience but for four persons who managed to share their woes from one of the reception platform installed by the city unit of BJP.
The administration has completed the preparations for the acquisition of area coming within radius of 70 meters to expand the Mahakaleshwar Temple.
People whose homes are coming under the purview of the ‘development’ are an irked lot. They are also opposing the move.
On Sunday, they reached Dewas Road to get an audience, but were stopped by the police on the pretext that that no one can submit a memorandum without due permission. Police tried to arrest everyone so most of the affected lot cleared the spot.
However, sensing an opportunity three or four youths quietly climbed on to a reception platform of BJP at Naagjhiri. When the CM reached the spot, the party workers started garlanding and showering flower petals on him. Meanwhile, the said youths used the occasion to reach out to the CM. They told him, “350 families are coming within a radius of 70 meters of Mahakal Temple, please do something.” Chouhan greeted them and asked them to come to Bhopal.
‘Unprecedented’ arrangements were made during the latest visit of CM’s. CM arrived by a helicopter from Bhopal and proceeded to Indore by the same. For his three hour visit, the local administration made extra-ordinary arrangements. All the roads, from where CM’s cavalcade was to pass, were blocked since morning and main roads were diverted without pre-intimating the public. Policemen on duty were quite adamant to maintain the instructions and long blocks on roads caused huge inconveniences to the commuters.