Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Dec 3:
Expressing concern over the tardy progress in maintenance work of world famous Shree Jagannath temple in Puri, the state government today sought the direct intervention of Union Minister for Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch for timely completion of the conservation and maintenance works of the Jagannath temple ahead of the Nabakalebar Festival in 2015.
Tourism and Culture Minister Maheswar Mohanty in a letter to Ms Katoch, said since Nabakalebar Festival is fast approaching, the maintenance of main temple as well as subsidiary shrines has assumed more importance than ever.
“But painfully, the pace of such desired works are getting slower at Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) level, which is looking after the conservation of the temple since 1975. The performances of local officials of ASI at Bhubaneswar are not up to the expectation in delivering goods. If the works are not completed within stipulated dateline, it will create a mess before Nabakalebar, which will ultimately hurt the emotions of millions of devotees,” said Mohanty.
The Minister also reminded that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had requested for better up-keep of this world famous monument and had further requested for opening of an ASI support office at Puri with a senior officer of the rank of Deputy Superintending Archaeologist to technically supervise and coordinate these works with the temple administration. However, the request is yet to be fulfilled, he added.