Members of the Hindu Jana Jagruti Vedike have urged the Government to preserve Hindu religious structures instead of “labelling them as unauthorised and removing them”.

A large number of vedike members took out a protest march from Durgada Bail Circle to the mini-Vidhana Soudha here on Wednesday protesting against the drive to clear unauthorised religious structures.

The members said that 209 places of worship had been identified as unauthorised in the twin cities, of which 198 were Hindu religious structures.

Vidhula Haladipur of the vedike said that some of the temples that were identified were more than a century old. She said that the Government should take steps to preserve such temples.