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ASI tendered an apology to the Jagannath Temple Managing Committee for the damage to the temple in Puri

Puri: 21/5/19:The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) on Tuesday tendered an apology to the Jagannath Temple Managing Committee for the damage to the temple in Puri during the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani on May 3.

Talking to the media after the meeting of the temple’s managing committee, presided over by the Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingh Dev, Chief Administrator of the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Pradipta Mahapatra said the damage rendered by the cyclone to the temple was discussed in the meeting.

“The Gajapati Maharaja expressed anguish over the damage to the two lion idols of the main temple due to the crashing of the iron scaffolding put up around the main temple for repair by the ASI. The Gajapati said that had the ASI removed the scaffolding before the cyclone, the temple would not have sustained such a huge damage. Admitting the fault, ASI Superintending Archaeologist Arun Mallick, present at the meeting, tendered an apology to the managing committee with an assurance that there will be no such recurrence in future,” Mahapatra said.

He said the meeting decided that henceforth, identity cards will be issued to the ASI staff.

Among others, the meeting discussed the status of the Neelachakra atop the temple. “It was decided that a drone camera will be used to examine the status of the Neelachakra and  repair will be taken up on the basis of the photos taken by the drone. Besides, identity cards will be issued to the staff using the drone,” Mahapatra informed.



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