Jagmohan repair: ASI to begin steel framing of pockets from Sept 6

Bhubaneswar: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) will begin the steel framing of pockets of Jagmohan, the hall facing Sri Jagannath temple in Puri, from September 6.

This was decided at a meeting attended by ASI joint DG Janhavi Sharma, ASI core committee chairman GC Mitra and officials of Sri Jagannath temple administration (SJTA) here on Thursday.

Informing this to media, SJTA chief Suresh Mohapatra said, “Confinement of capital stone and confinement of four pillars are the two major works need to be done for structural stability of the entire temple. The ASI is planning to begin work from September 6. But the design of the steel frame which will support the structure has been sent to IIT-Chennai for approval. We have requested them (ASI) to finalise the design as soon as possible and start the repair work.”

“Since ASI is ill-equipped for the construction work, most likely they will request the Works department for the job. The Works department had done the repair work 25 years back. We have requested to complete the work within two-three months. The work will be done under the direct supervision of ASI,” Mohapatra stated.

The official said construction works will be allowed from 12 noon to 6pm and there will be no problem for the devotees to have darshan during that time.

Two days back the ASI had informed the Orissa High Court that there has been no substantial progress in the repair of the main structure of Jagamohan.

In its affidavit submitted to the court, it said while a part of the repair work of the pillars of the main structure has been completed, it had asked the shrine administration to supply necessary materials and equipment to take up the repair of the remaining pillars.

The ASI also informed the court that it is yet to receive the final designs for repair of the remaining pillars from IIT, Madras.