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Konark Sun Temple under knee deep water

Last Updated: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 13:50

Bhubaneswar: World famous Sun Temple at Konark, a World Heritage site in Orissa, was knee deep in water following torrential rains, threatening the structure and disappointing tourists.

Visitors to the 13th century monument, also known as Black Pagoda, had to wade through about two feet deep water which had accumulated around the site following the downpour for three days.

Since yesterday, many tourists returned without having a close look at the temple, about 65-km from here.

"Though water-logging due to poor drainage system has been taking place around the temple for the last couple of years, the authorities appear to be apathetic," said Rabindra
Bahinipati, a social activist from Konark area, campaigning for proper conservation of the heritage site.

Locals pointed out that water-logging at the Sun Temple has been a regular feature for the last 10-12 years.

"Whenever it rains heavily, the problem crops up as there is no proper outlet," said a resident of a nearby village.

Concerned over safety of the temple, Bahinipati said water-logging could also damage the temple. Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has built a soak pit and when excess
water accumulates, it is pumped out.

ASI officials, however, sought to downplay the whole issue. ASI Superintendent AK Patel initially denied there was water-logging around the temple but later claimed that steps were taken to pump out the water which had accumulated near
the structure.

ASI looks after the conservation and protection of the temple.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 13:50
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