Orissa MLAs worried over safety of Konark Temple

Last Updated: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 22:08

Bhubaneswar: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
has assured the Orissa government that the Sun temple at
Konark was "in good state of preservation" as members of
Orissa Legislative Assembly today expressed concern over the
safety of the monument.

"The Prime Minister in a letter to Orissa Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik has said the Sun temple is in good state of
preservation," Tourism and Culture minister Debi Prasad Mishra
told the House, during discussion over a calling attention
motion on the issue of safety of the 13th century structure.

Stating that his department was in constant touch with
the Centre as well as the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
which looked after conservation of the monument since 1915,
the minister said Orissa government in the meantime prepared a
detailed plan for drainage of rain water from temple premises.

Mishra was replying to NCP Legislature Party leader Amar
Satpathy`s statement that water logging around the temple
could pose danger to the structure.

"Whenever there is rain, water logging takes place at the
Sun Temple," Satpathy pointed out. Many BJD members also
supported him expressing concern over conservation of the
world heritage.

"How can the state government remain silent when it is
observed that ASI is not taking proper care of the monument,"
BJD`s Samir Ranjan Das asked. He also enquired about proposed
global tender for conservation of the temple by the ASI.

Not satisfied with the work undertaken by the ASI, local
MLA Rabindra Mallick asked the Speaker to constitute a house
committee to look after conservation of a rare monument like
the Sun temple.

Quoting a report of the superintending archaeologist,
Bhubaneswar circle, Mishra admitted that inundation takes
place in the temple premises as water in the surrounding
area seeps into the compound.

"Steps were being taken every year to pump out rain water
from the soak pit located at the western side of the temple.
This apart, water was also being soaked by sand in the
premises resulting in quick draining," the minister said.

Similarly steps were also being taken to prevent entry of
outside water to the temple premises.

On conservation proposal by Indian Oil Foundation, the
minister said he was in touch with Union minister Murali Deora
to expedite Rs 32 crore project for conservation of Konark
Temple.

Not satisfied with the work undertaken by the ASI,
local MLA Rabindra Mallick urged the Speaker to constitute a
house committee to look after conservation of a rare monument
like the Sun temple, Konark.

Quoting a report of the superintending archaeologist,
Bhubaneswar circle, the minister admitted that inundation
takes place in the temple premises as water in the surrounding
area seeps into the compound.

"Steps were being taken every year to pump out rain
water from the soak pit located at the western side of the
temple. This apart, water was also being soaked by sand in the
premises resulting in quick draining," the minister said.
Similarly steps were also being taken to prevent entry
of outside water to the temple premises.

On the conservation proposal by the Indian Oil
Foundation, the minister said that he was in touch with the
Union minister Murali Deora to expedite Rs 32 crore project
for conservation of Konark Temple.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 22:08

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