Temple architecture

Ruckus in Odisha assembly on construction works near Jagannath temple in Puri

The Odisha assembly witnessed a ruckus on Tuesday as opposition BJP and Congress MPs raised questions over the safety of the Jagannath temple structure in Puri where the state government is building a heritage corridor.

Raising the issue during zero hour, BJP MP for Puri Jayant Sarangi alleged that construction works were underway for the Srimandir Heritage Corridor project near the 12th century shrine without permission from the National Monument Authority (NMA) and the Archaeological Survey of India. (UPS).

He raised the issue after Law Minister Pratap Jena, in a written response to a question he put to him, said: “The state government, through the competent authority, if necessary, will obtain the required permission before any construction in the prohibited area of ​​the protected monuments/temples.” Sarangi said that deep pits are dug close to the temple which may create cracks in the temple walls which can threaten the structure.

Demanding that the temple’s architectural experts be consulted, Sarangi said, “I am not against the development of the temple and the pilgrimage town, but it should be safe.” Committee so that members can inspect construction work in progress within 75 meters of the shrine.

“As the local MP has raised doubts about the security of the temple structure, a committee of the House should be formed so that members can physically check whether they (the construction) are being done keeping in mind the temple security,” he said.

While President SN Patro remained silent on the demand, BJP MPs swarmed the house well and shouted slogans against the state government.

BJP members also shouted slogans, denouncing the manner in which senior government officials praised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the BJD’s success in the recently concluded panchayat elections and civic body polls.

Unable to conduct the House, Patro adjourned proceedings until 4 p.m.

When the House convened, Parliamentary Affairs Minister BK Arukha said in a statement, “There is no possibility of damage to the temple for the ongoing Srimandir Parikrama project. There is no danger to the main structure. The state government was ready to set up a House committee in this regard when other committees are announced on March 31. Seeking the cooperation of all members, Arukha said that in February of the Last year, the House unanimously passed a resolution for the implementation of the project.

Therefore, all should cooperate in it, he said.

The Rs 331.28 crore Srimandir Parikrama project aims to transform the pilgrimage town of Puri into a World Heritage Site. As part of the project, several infrastructural development works have been undertaken around the 75 meter radius of Jagannath Temple.

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