The ongoing demolition drive to remove all structures within a 75-metre radius from the Meghanad boundary wall of the Jagannath temple continued on Tuesday.
Four heavy duty excavators were pressed into service and about 80 per cent of the Mangu Mutt, including two hotels and a restaurant operating from the unsafe building of the mutt, were demolished.
The authorities said it would take another day to raze the entire mutt structure. There was no opposition to the demolition.
In another development, the demolition of unauthorised structures in the Swargadwar also began on the day. A number of tomb stones were removed.
But shifting the ‘Samadhi’ of Biju Patnaik was stalled till the administration finalises its relocation site outside the Swargadwar . Attempt was on to provide better facilities for people coming to the cremation ground as part of the Puri heritage development project.