Central Team to Inspect Shree Mandir Structural Damage

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BHUBANESWAR: Buckling under mounting criticism from various quarters over the structural harm of Jagamohan, a key structure of Jagannath Temple in Puri, the Center on Monday said it would send a group of archeological specialists to the twelfth century place of worship for inspection.

The Center’s decision to dispatch a group to Puri came a day after Gopal Chandra Mitra, who was the acting executive of a center council shaped by the archeological survey of India (ASI) to supervise conservation works, resigned from his post in dissent against the ASI’s dismissal of a proposition sent by the board of trustees for repair of Jagamohan.

Mitra also dropped a bombshell and said Jagamohan might collapse if it is not repaired at the earliest. The development sparked widespread resentment among political parties, devotees and priests of the shrine against the poor show by the ASI.

In an apparent bid to score political brownie points, union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan convened a meeting at his residence with union culture minister Mahesh Sharma, ASI’s director general Rakesh Tiwari and BJP MLA Dilip Ray on the issue at Delhi.