THE DISPUTE over the construction of a temple in Kasturba Nagar has erupted once again with both the sides unwilling to concede ground. Local residents alleged that members of Jain community had initially sought permission to use the land for a temporary function but later they held on to the park in the midst of colony.
“Trees were felled, park concretised and even children of the locality were denied to play here,” residents R K Kundal, R C Upadhyaya, J P Rana, C M Zadgaonkar and R V Singh alleged in a press conference here on Friday.
“The eight-feet road that leads to all sectors of Kasturba Nagar has shrunk considerably due to the parking of vehicles by those coming to the commercial establishments on one side and the temple on other side. More vehicles are being parked here that leads to a road jam,” they alleged.
The residents, who are staging a dharna against the temple construction, allege there also efforts to put up a statue of a trader Surendra Jain, who was killed near Chetak Bridge.
“It is a clear case of encroachment and we are staging a peaceful protest. Despite this, a notice was issued to us recently,” they rued adding, “the court has given its decision in our favour but the administration is yet to implement it.”
Meanwhile, the Shri 1008 Suparshvanath Digambar Jain Mandir Samiti has said the court order that is being referred to by a section of residents does not apply on the temple because it was pronounced without hearing their side.
“We will soon put up our point before the court as we started religious programmes here only after permission from the Bhopal Development Authority,” Samiti office-bearers said in a separate press conference that was held on Friday.
Jain community has appealed to the citizens to support them in constructing the temple. “We have signatures of 195 persons of the locality who have given consent in its favour,” they said. '