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Restoration Of FANI Damaged Puri Jagannath Temple To Complete Before Given Deadline: ASI

19 May 2019


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Puri: A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik visited Jagannath Temple at Puri and took stock of the damage done to the 12th century shrine by extremely severe cyclonic storm FANI, ASI Superintendent Arun Mallick informed that they will complete the restoration work before the given deadline of June 17.

Mallick said that five works have been identified on priority basis and out of three major works the restoration of two lion sculptures which had fell from the exterior of main temple has been completed. Besides a miniature sample temple or model temple has been restored.

Further, the broken ‘Kalas’ at Bhogamandap is being attended and a staging has been done on it and the sculptor will arrive by Monday or Tuesday to complete it.

On Nilachakra he replied two members (JE and MTS) inspected and found no damage but the pointing masala came out from Nilachakra base crack and it will be soon fixed by experts. On electrical fittings and earthing problem he assured to sort it out by the help of IDCO or concerned State agency.

Mallick further informed that the ASI will inspect the sanctum sanctorum of the temple during Rath Yatra for water logging as reported by some servitors.

On Konark sun temple issue he replied that there was no harm to the main temple. The Black Pagoda is safe from FANI but the green cover has seriously damaged. Almost 200 trees inside the temple inner corridor have uprooted after which it seems as a barren land.

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Arun Mallick, ASI Superintendent, Odisha

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Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister