Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) government has written to district magistrates of eight districts of the state, ordering the removal of illegal temples and other religious places built in public places. The government has summoned a report from the authorities after taking action.
In an order issued on January 27, 2022 (Thursday), the Bengal government has directed the District Magistrates of Darjeeling, Alipurduar, CoochBehar, Kalimpong, East Midnapore, North 24 Parganas, South Dinajpur and East Burdwan to take action against these 'unauthorised' structures. The order also directed the district administration to take precautions while removing such structures.
A government order issued by the Mamata government in April 2010 said, "The government will not allow any new unauthorized construction in public places. The State, Government Departments and local bodies like Panchayats and Municipalities will have to take appropriate steps to detect such constructions and stop them at the earliest before it gets public clearance. If necessary, the responsibility of demolition will be the responsibility of the landowning department.''