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Pradeep Pattanayak

The Odisha government has landed in a soup and now they are trying to cover up their mistakes carried out in the execution of the Srimandir Heritage Corridor project in Puri. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi said this on Friday while launching a scathing attack on the government. 

“I am repeatedly saying it that the government has painted itself into a corner by carrying out the construction works of Srimandir Heritage Corridor project. They are well aware of the fact that the Ancient Monuments and Archeological Sites and Remains (AMASR) Act, 1958 have been violated. Hence, now they are left with no option but to manage the scene by covering up the mistakes,” Sarangi said. 

“As far as transparency issue is concerned, it is surprising how Puri MP Pinaki Mishra was not aware of what is going on under the project. If the local MP is in dark about the project, let alone the 4.5 crore of the Odisha people,” Sarangi argued. 

Expressing her concern about the government carrying out the construction work in a clandestine manner, Sarangi said the government should have placed the project before the public and invited suggestions and opinions before commencing the project. 

“The Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has done their part of the job. It has submitted the factual report to the Orissa High Court. I have faith on the Chief Justice and judges that they would take a proper decision after going through the report,” added the Parliamentarian. 

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