09 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: After working out on the Chief Minister's clarion call to give a facelift to Puri Jagannath Temple and Bhubaneswar's Lingaraj temple, senior officials of the State Government, led by Secretary, Transformation and Initiatives (5T), VK Pandian are now focussing on the world-famous Sun Temple in Konark.
In this course, the 5T Secretary today visited Konark and surveyed the peripheral areas of the Black Pagoda (Sun Temple). Pandian was accompanied by Works Secretary, Dr Krishan Kumar, Puri Collector Balwant Singh and a core team of officials from Bhubaneswar and Puri.
Pursuing his trademark style, Pandian made it sure that he visited Konark during the wee hours of the day when the tourist flow was yet to commence. The 5T Secretary showed up on the premises of the Sun Temple with his team at around 5 am.
He took a tour of the temple, interacted with officials, reviewed ongoing minor and major projects and then concluded his trip visiting the beachside at Chandrabhaga.
Sources said this was not the first visit of Pandian to Konark. In the recent past, during his trips to Puri, the 5T Secretary often visited Konark and also spoke to ASI officials, district administration and experts on metamorphosing the surroundings of the Black Pagoda.
Puri, Konark and Bhubaneswar complete Odisha's Golden Triangle. The rich historical heritage, temple architecture, vibrant living temples, golden sand beaches and picturesque marine drive amazes people from across the world.
Worth mentioning, the Konark Sun temple is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in Odisha. So now, after the Puri Jagannath and Lingaraj projects have gathered momentum, Pandian’s focus is on transforming Konark into a tourist destination of ‘Global Standards’, in true sense of the term.