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Rashmi Ranjan

Amid the row over the Puri Srimandir Heritage Corridor project, a joint team of Archeological Survey of India (ASI) led by regional director, Odisha Bridge and Construction Corporation (OBCC) and Tata Projects accompanied by Puri Collector Samarth Verma inspected the project site on Sunday.

The joint team comprising ASI regional director Dillip Khamari, superintendent archeologist Arun Mallick, assistant superintendent archeologist Chitta Ranjan Das, OBCC and Tata project officials inspected the construction work carried out the inspection around the Purba, Paschima, Uttara and Dakhina dwaras. 

The team observed and recorded the depth and height of the under-construction work carried out around the 12th century shine under the heritage corridor project.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the Orissa High Court has ordered the ASI to submit an affidavit in this regard by May 7.

The Orissa High Court had advanced the date for hearing of the case related to the heritage corridor project around the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri to May 9.

Recently, the ASI had added fuel to the heritage corridor controversy by claiming that no permission was obtained from its Bhubaneswar circle to carry out any construction work under the project.

In a letter recently obtained from the ASI in response to the RTI query filed by one Kshitish Singh, a Kendrapara based RTI activist, the former has said no permission was sought from its Bhubaneswar circle to execute the project. Besides, no advisories or any guidelines were issued in this regard.

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