Threat To Konark Temple: Odisha To Draw Attention Of Centre

ପୁରୀ : କୋଣାର୍କ ସୂର୍ଯ୍ୟ ମନ୍ଦିର ଏବେ ଅତ୍ୟନ୍ତ ବିପଜ୍ଜନକ ସ୍ଥିତିରେ ରହିଛି। କେଉଁ ସମୟରେ ଭୁଶୁଡ଼ି ପଡ଼ିିବ ତାହା କହି ହେବ ନାହିଁ। ଜଗମୋହନରେ ଭର୍ତି ହୋଇଥିବା ତିରିଶ ଫୁଟ ବାଲିରୁ ଏବେ କୋଡିଏ ଫୁଟ ବାଲି ଦବିଯାଇଛି । ଭିତର କାନ୍ଥକୁ ସୁରକ୍ଷା ଦେବା ପାଇଁ ଦିଆଯାଇଥିବା ଲୁହା ବିମ୍‌ ମଧ୍ୟ ଖସି ପଡ଼ିଛି । କେନ୍ଦ୍ରୀୟ ବିଲ୍‌ଡିଂ ରିସର୍ଚ ଇନଷ୍ଟିଟ୍ୟୁଟ୍‌ (ସିବିଆର୍‌ଆଇ)ର ଦ୍ୱାରା ହୋଇଥିବା ଅନୁଧ୍ୟାନରୁ ଏହା ଜଣାପଡ଼ିଛି। ଏହି ରିପୋର୍ଟ ମିଳିବା ପରେ ବିଶେଷଜ୍ଞମାନେ ଘୋର ଉଦ୍‌ବେଗ ପ୍ରକାଶ କରିଛନ୍ତି ।

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Bhubaneswar: A day after experts cast apprehensions on the stability of Konark Sun temple, Odisha on Sunday said it will draw attention of the Centre in this regard.

“It is certainly a matter of concern. We hope that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) should take adequate steps for conservation of the historical monument. We will draw attention of the Centre in this regard”, Odisha Culture minister Ashok Panda said.

As per findings of a study conducted by Roorkee-based Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), the sand filled inside the Jagamohan of the 800-year-old structure has slumped almost four feet than its prior level.

Besides, a gap of 62 foot has also developed in the Jagmohan, the photograph stated. Members of Konark Working Group, a body fighting for the protection of the sun temple, have raised concerns over the safety of the Black Pagoda.

“It is experimentally proved that the sand inside the Jagamohana has slumped, besides the beams and some stone blocks are in suspended state. If an earthquake of 6 or 6.5 magnitude on Richter scale occurs in the area it may cause damage to the structure,” Group member, NC Pal expressed.

The CBRI had conducted an endoscopic photography of the historic monument to ascertain the condition of the world heritage site’s interiors and also to ensure its proper conservation and safety.

The 3-D laser scanning revealed that stones have dislodged from inside and found fallen on the ground. Besides, the iron beam erected to support the structure from inside has also caved in.

Other members of the Group rued that the ASI has taken steps for the conservation of the temple.

“The expert committee has given a slew of recommendations for the conservation of the monument. But the ASI has not yet taken any step in this regard”, said Rabindra Bahinipati, a member of the Group.