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Rashmi Ranjan

Amid hue and cry over the Srimandir heritage corridor project, the removal of old information boards installed at the project site has raised eyebrows of the denizens. 

According to sources, the old information boards narrating the project details have been replaced with new boards which mention- male and female toilets. 

Similarly, the information kiosk near the 'Paschima Dwara' has been removed, while the construction work has been expedited, sources informed.

Meanwhile, speculations are rife that the old information boards have been replaced with the new ones to keep the officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other concerned departments out of loop with regard to the construction work. 

"The move to replace the old information boards with the new ones hints at something fishy," said Biswanath Das, a lawyer.

However, the Puri district administration and the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) could not be contacted for their reaction over the matter.

Meanwhile, Odisha Legislative Assembly Speaker Surjya Narayan Patro said a meeting of the eight-member House Committee, which has been formed to inspect the heritage corridor project, will be held soon.

"Discussions will be held with the works department and the law department first, and the next course of action will be decided following a meeting with the House Committee members. The meeting hasn’t been delayed, I have had discussions with all of them individually," said Patro.

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