Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Jan 6:
Director General (DG) of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has approved the cost estimate of portal steel frame for repair of Jagamohana-the prayer hall adjoining the sanctum santorum of the Sri Jagannath temple (Sri Mandir) in Odisha’s holy town Puri.
According to reports the ASI has submitted an affidavit in the Orissa High Court in this regard.
An estimated Rs 3,71,71,000 will be spent towards the cost of portal steel frame in which 71 tonne of steel will be utilized.
The state government’s Works department will float tenders for the purpose. Portions of the Bhandar Ghara and Ghata Seja Ghara will be demolished during the fixing of the portal steel frame.
“We had submitted an estimate of Rs 3,71, 71,000 to the ASI through its Superintendent in Odisha. It has been approved by the ASI’s DG in New Delhi. The ASI has submitted in an affidavit to the High Court that its DG has approved the estimate,” informed Niroj Kumar Das, Executive Engineer Works Department, Puri speaking to reporters.