Threat to Konark temple: Odisha to draw attention of Centre
Bhubaneswar: A day after experts cast apprehensions on the stability of Konark Sun temple, Odisha on Sunday said it will draw attention of the Centre in this regard.
“It is certainly a matter of concern. We hope that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) should take adequate steps for conservation of the historical monument. We will draw attention of the Centre in this regard”, Odisha Culture minister Ashok Panda said.
As per findings of a study conducted by Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), the sand filled inside the Jagamohan of the 800-year-old structure has slumped almost four feet than its prior level.
Besides, a gap of 62 foot has also developed in the Jagmohan, the photograph stated. Members of Konark Working Group, a body fighting for the protection of the sun temple, have raised concerns over the safety of the Black Pagoda.
“It is experimentally proved that the sand inside the Jagamohana has slumped, besides the beams and some stone blocks are in suspended state. If an earthquake of 6 or 6.5 magnitude on Richter scale occurs in the area it may cause damage to the structure,” Group member, NC Pal expressed.
The CBRI had conducted an endoscopic photography of the historic monument to ascertain the condition of the world heritage site’s interiors and also to ensure its proper conservation and safety.
The 3-D laser scanning revealed that stones have dislodged from inside and found fallen on the ground. Besides, the iron beam erected to support the structure from inside has also caved in.
Other members of the Group rued that the ASI has taken steps for the conservation of the temple.
“The expert committee has given a slew of recommendations for the conservation of the monument. But the ASI has not yet taken any step in this regard”, said Rabindra Bahinipati, a member of the Group.