Bhubaneswar:16/7/18; Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today urged the Centre to take immediate steps to fix the water-logging problem at Sun Temple in Konark of Odisha’s Puri district.
The Chief Minister sought the personal intervention of Union Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma to address the issue citing it causes much inconvenience to tourists.
“The Sun Temple is an exceptional testimony, in physical form, of the 13th century, under the reign of Narasimha Deva I (ad 1238-1264). This temple complex is now facing a perpetual problem of water logging which affects teh temple very much causing problems to the visiting tourists as well as hurting the sentiments of the people,” Patnaik said in a letter to Sharma.
He further said, “It is now imperative to take up the measures to drain out water from the temple premises for enhancing the longevity of the temple complex as well as to facilitate teh visitors to witness the glory and grandeur of the standing 13th century edifice. The Archaeological Survey of India – the custodian of the temple may be asked to take up immediate steps for proper drainage of water on a permanent basis.”
The government of India would take necessary measures immediately to save this magnificent pride of our culture and heritage, the CM urged.