Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is shying away from removing idols of gods from religious spots built on public parks and roads. According to report made by the committee formed under the leadership of District Collectors of the state, shrines will not be removed from their locations.

The state government will inform the Supreme Court in this regard and also cite reason, why few religious places are not being removed from their locations.

The Supreme Court on September 29, 2009 had directed the UP government to identify and remove or relocate illegal shrines in public parks and roads.

Around 45142 illegal shrines were identified and the then Chief Secretary Atul Kumar Gupta had asked for forming committees and ordered the removal of such sites.

However, despite giving directions to the DM nothing was done in this regard. Now, public opinion has been sought for the same.

Meanwhile, after the review of such religious sites, it was found out that 38355 such spots will be maintained as they were found appropriate in the view of law and order situation .

It has been decided to relocate 106 sites and the administration has demanded more time to think on remaining 6681 religious locations.

The committees have been asked to submit their report s on December 7 in this regard.

JPN/Bureau