Hindus and Muslims in Jalaun district of Uttar Pradesh have transcended communal barriers to help the local administration in relocating some religious structures which had held up building of a flyover for 14 long years.
In all, two temples, seven mazaars (tombs) and a mosque have been relocated, while a portion of a boundary wall of a dargah (the grave of a revered religious figure) was removed to facilitate construction of the flyover.
Superintendent of Police, Jalaun, Dr Aravind Chaturvedi, told PTI Thursday, "On the Kanpur-Jhansi National Highway, the stretch between 242-km landmark and 244-km landmark is called Kalpi Khand. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) had to construct a 1.5 km long flyover for smooth movement of traffic".
"But the NHAI faced a grave problem when it had to lay a service road (almost 5.5 metres wide on either side of the flyover) before they commenced the main construction in Jalaun, 220 kms from the state capital Lucknow" he said.
"It was on one of these stretches of service road (from Kanpur to Jalaun) that there were two temples, seven mazaars and one mosque, leading to the problem which existed for almost 14 years," the SP said.
The current district administration and police machinery held a number of rounds of meetings with the stakeholders --both Hindus and Muslims.
"It was then agreed by all that for development, these religious structures have to be relocated. The task was undertaken on September 8," he said.
"A Shiva temple has been relocated, while the sanctum sanctorum of a Durga temple will be shifted along with the idol as soon as the new temple is ready. The area where the new temple will come up has also been identified," he said.
Chaturvedi said that in the past 5-6 years, more than 100 persons, mostly school-going children, have lost their lives in accidents, which had occurred on this patch.
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