Puri: In order to make the premises of Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri clean, the temple administration decided to impose a fine of Rs 500 for spitting paan and tobacco on the premises of the 12th century shrine. After the Chhatisa Nijog meeting at the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) office in the pilgrim town today, Chief Administrator of SJTA Krishan Kumar said if anyone is found spitting on the Srimandir premises, the concerned person will have to pay Rs 500 penalty.
Also, it was decided in the nijog meeting to make the Srimandir premises plastic-free from April 1, said the SJTA Chief Administrator adding that ‘Mahaprasad’ will be provided in palm leaves. An awareness campaign on making the Srimandir premises free from plastic will be conducted for 20 days, he further said.
On October 2, 2018, the Odisha government had imposed a ban on plastic usage in six major cities -Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Berhampur, Rourkela, Sambalpur and Puri. One year later the government banned single-use plastic in all urban areas of the state.
But the usage of single-use plastics has been rampant in Odisha violating the government directive.
With an aim to attract tourists and visitors, the Odisha government beautified and ensured cleanliness outside the Shree Jagannath Temple.