17 December 2019
Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today expressed disappointment over the tardy progress made in the renovation and conservation of 12th-century shrine Sri Jagannath Temple of Puri and Sun Temple at Konark, a world heritage site.
Taking serious note of the matter, a division bench of Chief Justice KS Jhaveri and Justice KR Mohapatra today ordered the Director General (DG) of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Joint Director (Conservation) of ASI to appear before the court in person on next Monday.
The court issued the directive while jointly hearing two separate PILs on renovation and conservation of Puri Sri Jagannath Temple and Sun Temple Konark and a Misc case for the reconstruction of the main temple of Konark Sun Temple using parts of it lying scattered around it.
The ASI Superintendent (Odisha circle) Arun Kumar Mallick who made a personal appearance before the court today in accordance with latter's directive told the court that the ASI has floated tenders for the conservation and repair work of the Nata Mandapa (dancing hall) of the Sri Jagannath Temple at Puri and that will be finalized within seven days.
The amicus curiae appointed by the court in both the PILs advocate NK Mohanty submitted 14 issues before the division bench pertaining to the conservation of Konark Sun Temple.
Mohanty expressed his disappointment with regard to the ASI's dilatory tactics of giving assurances in connection with the conservation of the Konark Sun Temple ever since December 2018 and no progress made so far.
He also submitted a report of an international seminar held in 2010 with regard to conservation of Konark Sun Temple.