Technical team inspects Puri temple

Bhubaneswar: A team comprising officials of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and prof AP Gupta, former head of Civil Engineering Department of IIT Kharagpur visited the ‘Garbha Griha’ (sanctum sanctorum) of Puri temple to inspect its conservation related issues.

The team was assisted by officials of temple administration and State public works department (PWD), sources said.

During inspection, the 10-member team looked into the sources leading to rise in humidity and temperature of the Garbha Griha.

Last year before Rath Yatra, the Odisha government had expressed concern over tardy pace of conservation work of Jagannath Temple being carried out by the ASI.

The then chief secretary JK Mohapatra had written to ministry of culture seeking visit of technical committees for inspection of the sanctum sanctorum of the 12th century shrine where the problems of humidity and temperature have lingered on.

Pointing out that the joint review by technical committees in January 2014 had focused on expediting the conservation of ‘Garbha Griha’, ‘Jagamohana’, ‘Nata Mandapa’, ‘Bhoga Mandapa’ and the subsidiary shrines, Mohapatra had said the pace of progress and urgency to complete the work by ASI “appears to be sluggish”.