Puri: A stone slab weighing a tonne
loosened and fell from the roof of the western entrance of the
800-year-old Sri Jagannath temple on Tuesday with debris from it
injuring a visually challenged man, official sources said.
The stone slab which fell at 11:30 am slid down from
near the `Dadhi Nauti` and was loose for quite some time,
chief temple administrator, Pradip Kumar Mohapatra said.
He said the visually challenged man sustained minor
injury and was safe.
Claiming that there was no threat to the Sri Jagannath
temple, Mohapatra said he had written to the Archeological
Survey of India (ASI), which is in charge of maintenance of
the 12th century shrine, to make a visit immediately and file
In Bhubaneswar, Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said "The
chief minister has written to the Union Culture minister on
the safety of the temple."
Stating that government was aware of the development,
Patnaik told reporters, "obviously, ASI is accountable as it
has been in charge of conservation of the temple for a long