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AIPUR: The district administration on Wednesday shifted two temples from Badi Chaupar which were major hindrance in construction of Metro station.

The operation was carried out by using earth mover and bulldozer under huge police deployment. To avoid protest, the district administration covered the temples with white curtain and only Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation ( JMRC) officials were allowed to enter inside.

One temple which was situated at Phool Walon ka Khanda at south east of Badi Chaupar metro station was shifted to Tanwarji Ka Nohra, close to the Badi Chauper area. It was temple of Mataji, Hanumanji and Mahadevji.

Another temple of Mahadevji and Ganeshji called as Ganesh Shivalaya was also be shifted from Badi Chaupar’s south east area to a place behind Manak Chowk police station.

“Following the Hindu rituals, these temples were shifted. The idols of these temples will be placed on Thursday as per the auspicious time. The priests of these temples have given consent in written to shift these temples,” said a district administration official.

According to sources, many people were arrested before the drive as they were protesting against the shifting. Dharohar Baccho Samiti has also written letter to the Prime Minister’s office regarding relocation of ancient temple.

The Metro phase 1(B) is all set to miss its March 2018 deadline. Work on 2.349-km project in Walled City has been delayed due to various reasons. However, the prime cause of delay is due to design change of two underground stations.

Now, the project is expected to be completed by June 2018. “The JMRC has to relocate five more temples falling on the route. The corporation was planning to start the relocation work by December 15. However, it missed the deadline . Three more temple would remain on route after shifting two temples . It is expected the work will not be completed as per revised deadline,” said a senior official source.