New radar survey around Puri’s Jagannath Temple triggers fresh row in Odisha | Latest News India

Bhubaneswar: The ongoing controversy over the alleged violations of the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act around Puri’s Jagannath Temple attributable to excavations and building around the prohibited zone of the twelfth century temple deepened additional with the Odisha authorities starting the Ground Penetrating Radar Survey to hint any archaeological treasure beneath the soil since Saturday evening.

The Odisha Bridge Construction Corporation (OBCC), a state authorities company endeavor the 800 crore Srimandir Parikrama Project below which facilities resembling cloak rooms, bogs and consuming water fountains are being constructed inside 75 metres perimeter of the temple, began the bottom penetrating radar survey with the assistance of the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, almost two weeks after the Archaeological Survey of India advised the Orissa High Court that such a survey was not executed.

Following a PIL in the excessive courtroom over the excavations inflicting hurt to the structural security of the temple, the ASI in its affidavit earlier this month stated as no heritage affect evaluation research and ground-penetrating radar surveys had been performed to establish the archaeological and historic significance mendacity buried in the subsoil of 75 metre radius of the monument, many archaeological stays of the heritage web site might have been destroyed by the careless digging.

Earlier this week, two half-broken lion sculpture items courting again to the Ganga dynasty had been found from the demolished web site of the Emar Mutt triggering extra controversies over the best way the temple hall project is being undertaken.

The GPRS survey triggered an enormous controversy on Sunday with nationwide spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party Sambit Patra coming down closely on BJD MP Pinaki Mishra who three days in the past had stated the a GPRS survey has already been executed in December final year. Mishra on his Twitter deal with had stated GPRS was duly executed and due to this fact allegations about digging with out doing GPRS had been baseless. “History will identify these people as charlatans and malefic clowns who were obstructing development, security and conservation work of Puri Temple, purely out of selfish greed and unbridled malice,” he stated.

Countering Mishra, BJP’s Patra stated MP Pinaki Mishra has proved the adage ‘to hide a lie, a thousand lies are needed’ once more. “The Odisha government went ahead with the digging work at the site in a hurry to hide the loophole it had built. The government should have first got the GPRS done and thereafter, it could have gone for digging of soil for construction,” Patra stated.

Patra was backed by BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi, who stated the current GPRS was executed “to cover up the past mistake”.

However, BJD spokesperson Sulata Deo refuted Patra’s allegations saying the BJP spokesperson’s deceptive statements are hurting the temple sevayats. “BJP should stop misleading Puri residents and politicising the heritage project. The sevayats of Puri who have donated their land will not forgive anyone for obstructing the Puri project,” Deo stated.

Raising his doubts over the GPRS survey, senior Congress chief Narasingha Mishra stated those that wish to conceal one thing, work in the darkish. “Why is the Assembly House Committee on the project not working in full public glare? I request chief minister Naveen Patnaik to personally intervene in the matter. Since no excavation work can be done at the protected monument without ASI’s permission, it seems the government has done something amiss which is evident from the resolution,” stated Mishra

Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati too broke his silence on the continued row accusing the federal government of making an attempt to transform the Jagannath Temple from a ‘tapobhumi’ into ‘bhogbhumi’. “In order to avoid any harmful impact on Srimandir, the government should have carried out any construction work after consulting with architects, engineers and experts. After coming here, I got to know that the architects are saying that the ongoing construction activities will definitely have a harmful impact on the temple. If that is true, what is going on is not proper. It is also improper if the buildings coming up around the shrine hide the temple’s beauty,” he stated.

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