New Delhi: There are 1052 illegal religious sites in Punjab out of which 938 are more than 10 years old and 23 of them have been relocated so far, reveals a recent study conducted by the Punjab government.

The study report has been filed in the Supreme Court. However, the report does not include the data of Amritsar, Mansa and Sas Nagar.

Following the Apex Court’s order of filing the statistics of all the illegal religious places, sites or temples, the state government submitted a report in this regard.

Notably, the Apex Court for the last five years is hearing cases relating to illegal religious sites built around parks, roads and other public places. The court in 2009, directed all the states and the Union territories to ban construction of illegal religious sites like, temples, gurudwaras, masjids and churches on public places. The Court added that a policy should be framed for relocating such religious sites that exist from many years.

According to the Punjab government’s report, Ludhiana has the maximum number of illegal religious sites. Out of 336 sites here 227 are about 10 years old while, 14 of them have been relocated.