Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, May 12:
Odisha Law Minister Arun Sahu has called for a meeting of the technical core committee of the 12th century Shree Jagannath temple tomorrow in the state capital following rejection of a proposal for repair of the Jagamohana (assembly hall adjoining the sanctum sanctorum of the temple) by the Director General (DG) of the Archeological Survey of India.
Repair of the 12th-century shrine’s Jagamohana has been again pushed into uncertainty after the plan and estimate proposal sent by the temple’s technical core committee was disapproved by the DG ASI at a high-level meeting held on May 5 in New Delhi.
Sources said the ASI DG has raised questions on the digging of foundation and fixing of the stainless steel frame in the plan for repair of the Jagamohana and has sought for its re-examination.
A committee headed by the joint DG of the ASI in consultation with experts of IIT Madras will examine if there is any alternative to the use of stainless steel, sources revealed.
Notably, after it was clear that there were cracks in four columns and eight pillars of the Jagamohana , a plan for use of 64 tonnes of steel at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore for its repair was submitted to the DG ASI on April 10 for approval.
Later, on the basis of the advice of the technical core committee and in the presence of experts one metre deep holes were dug on the Jagamohana’s floor plate and the dugout materials were sent for chemical analysis.
Meanwhile, chief administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Mohapatra this evening held a meeting with technical core committee members and ASI officials on the Jagamohana repair issue.