The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will carry out 3D laser scanning of the ‘Ratna Singhasan’ at Srimandir in Puri during the time of upcoming Rath Yatra to check structural damages, if any.
According to Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) sources, the structural damage of the sanctum sanctorum and Jagamohana will also be checked by 3D laser scanning and those will be repaired soon.
“The proposed laser imaging will help in getting a clear picture of the structural damage, if any, of the temple. The technology will also help the ASI to properly document the structural and architectural design of the temple for future use and reference,” said a SJTA official.
ASI official--Chitta Ranjan Das said the laser scanning is safe and it will cause no harm to the ancient structures of the temple.
“The technology is effective enough to collect data for the conservation of the monument,” said Das.
Besides, a private farm has been given the contract of around Rs 1.5 crore for the illumination of Srimandir.
“We have conducted primary survey of Srimandir for the illumination work and identified various places for faced illumination,” said Santosh Kumar, an employee with the private farm.
“We have been asked to finish the work within three months. The work will commence soon and hopefully, we will be able to finish it in time,” he added.