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Odisha: HC-Appointed Amicus Curiae Inspects Srimandir Natamandapa

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05 April 2019


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Puri: The Amicus Curiae appointed by the Orissa High Court NK Mohanty today said that there was no immediate danger to the beam of the ‘Natamandap’ of the Jagannath Temple here. However, he cautioned that a proper reading should be taken at the earliest for the safety of the structure.

Today officers from the Archeological Survey of India, experts from IIT Madras, local officers, Prof Achal Mittal from CSIR-CBRI Roorkee and the technical team of the company which has supplied the inspection instruments, together examined the ‘Natamandap’ structure. They inspected the beam connecting the pillars adjacent to the ‘Garuda Stambha’.

“The ASI officials informed me that the defects in the instrument will be rectified following which another inspection will be done. I had observed that the instrument was not being placed properly due to a defect on the axis,” Mohanty said.

Earlier Mohanty had pointed out that the Structural Health Monitoring System being adopted to study the beams on the roof inside ‘Natamandapa’ is ‘defective’ and proposed to get it rectified.

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NK Mohanty, Amicus Curiae