The Jagannath Temple Administration in Puri on Thursday lodged a complaint with director general (DG) of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), custodian of the 12th century shrine, for tardy progress of conservation work in the temple. The shrine’s chief administrator Arvind Padhee’s wrote a letter to ASI in this regard.
“The Orissa high court (HC) recently passed specific orders for repair and restoration of certain structures of the temple in specific deadlines. Unfortunately, the ASI failed to follow the order,” the letter said.
Padhee urged the ASI head to facilitate early completion of conservation work of ‘Jagamohan’ and ‘Singhadwar Gumuta’ before 2015 Nabakalebar of Jagannath.
The shrine administration is planning to move the high court against the ASI’s ‘poor’ show. “Since the ASI violated the HC’s order, we contemplate to move the court,” . He said several structures of the main temple as well as sub-shrines need urgent repair. He expressed his displeasure over poor response from the ASI over the state’s demand for establishment of a unit of ASI in Puri.Archaeological Survey of India ASI Jagannath temple administration