Ujjain : Representatives of Shankaracharya Swarupananda Saraswati, Dharanand and Ramananda Bramhchari on Tuesday requested the Mahakal zone officer ADM Avadhesh Sharma to cancel the land piece, allotted to Shankaracharya for Simhastha mela.

The representatives had showed strong discontent over delay in allotment of the land to Shankaracharya. Both the representatives had met with Chairman Central Simhastha Fair Organising Committee Makhan Singh and Mela officer Avinash Lavania regarding the neglect of Shankaracharya in the Simhastha mela. They said the grand entry to the camp of pontiff which is erected in Bada Rudrasagar has been blocked with a wall. Also not a single amenity is yet to be seen at place for the construction of camp.

The seer had requested for ample number of huts and lavatories, but they are yet to be seen. The representatives on Tuesday reached the Simhatha zone office and met with zone in-charge officer Avadhesh Sharma. They demanded cancellation of land allotment, saying the entry is barred at current allotment. If the administration wants us to participate then they must allot us a new plot somewhere else. Upon the request Sharma instructed in-charge revenue officer to look for suitable land piece.

Mela authorities claim free flow

Mela authorities are claiming free flow of the ongoing works. The official press release on Tuesday said the dates for application of land allotment are open till March 7 and till date 3582 land pieces have been allotted. However the officials failed to mention the number of disputed plots in every zone. In all 4392 plots were chalked on ground by the authorities, but with increasing demand of application 400 hectares of additional land is under process of acquisition. Also with reprimand of divisional commissioner Ravindra Pastor each zone office has started handling the land related applications in zone office. According to the Mangalnath zone office which is facing most troubles in land allotment issues, on Tuesday claimed that 13 disputed allotments were redressed. 1531 land pieces were chalked out in all at Mangalnath zone, out which 1200 have been allotted.

Police ban firearms

SP MS Verma on Tuesday released orders regarding ban on carrying of firearms in the city during the Simhastha mela. The SP said to ensure security of pilgrims and visitors in the upcoming Simhastha mela, the residents and visitors are appealed to not carry any kind of firearms or sharp edged weapons with them. The order was released under vested powers of section 144 of Cr PC. If found in possession of arms, the accused will be prosecuted under Section 188 of IPC, he said.

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