BHUBANESWAR: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), Bhubaneswar circle, has flagged scarcity of khondalite stones which can delay the continued restore and renovation works on the Sri Jagannath temple, its smaller shrines and different Centrally-protected monuments in Odisha.
There are 80 ASI-protected monuments in Odisha and a majority of them are constructed with khondalite. The Central conservation company used to obtain khondalite stones from Tapang by means of contractors however after the State authorities reserved it, it has been dealing with a scarcity of stones.
After ASI drew consideration of the State authorities in the direction of the difficulty, the latter on Tuesday assured provide of stones that may be used just for repairing the Jagannath temple predominant complicated at Puri.
“However to proceed work on smaller shrines inside Srimandir complicated and different vital monuments throughout the State, now we have to once more strategy the federal government. The work could also be delayed,” mentioned ASI Odisha head Arun Malik, including that the authorities involved should give you a everlasting resolution.
At present, ASI is finishing up restore works on the Vimana of Srimandir and conservation of Laxmi Mandir on the premises would begin quickly.
Whereas water-tightening, pointing and substitute of broken stones are being carried out on the Vimana, the ASI may also perform comparable measures, in addition to changing the ground and a prop within the Laxmi temple.
In addition to, restore and restoration works of the temple sanctum sanctorum will likely be carried out when the deities go on a nine-day sojourn to the Gundicha temple throughout Rath Yatra. Aside from this, restore work on 134 minor temples contained in the Srimandir complicated has been deliberate.
Final yr, State had reserved khondalite blocks at Chandia (4 acre), Sukhuapada (78.3 acre) and Teligarh (27.5 acre) in Jajpur district, Gobindpur (20.3 acre) in Cuttack district, Kurumpada ornamental stone block (1.67 acre) in Khurda and Kundakundi Kunda stone quarry (4.67 acre) of Narangarh in Khurda district for work beneath the ABHADA scheme.