Bhubaneswar, Feb 15 (PTI) The Odisha authorities on
Monday urged the Centre to withdraw the Nationwide Monuments
Authority (NMA) draft bylaws for Ananta Basudev and Brahmeswar
temples in Ekamra Kshetra right here.
The plea comes every week after the Centre rolled again the
draft rules for Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri.
In a letter, Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra
Mohapatra requested Union Tradition Ministry”s Secretary
Raghvendra Singh to take away the bylaws for the 2 temples
right here, citing apprehension of widespread agitation if fast
motion was not taken.
Mentioning that the NMA had in January revealed a
draft heritage bylaws for Shree Jagannath temple at Puri, and
Ananta Basudev and Brahmeswar temples of Ekamra Kshetra,
Mohapatra identified that “it had generated discontentment
amongst servitors, devotees and other people as these temples host
He claimed the draft was finished with none session
“In view of this, the heritage bylaws regarding
Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri have been withdrawn by NMA,” the
chief secretary wrote within the letter.
Nonetheless, the foundations for the Ekamra Kshetra temples right here
haven’t been rolled again but, inflicting misery to the
”sevayats”, folks at giant and devotees, Mohapatra stated.
The Ekamra Kshetra in Bhubaneswar has a collection of
sandstone temples relationship again to third century BC and fifteenth
The bylaws prohibit and regulate constructions inside
100 to 300 metre radius of the monuments which can be protected
beneath the Historical Monuments and Archaeological Websites and
Stays Act, 2010.
In 2020, the state authorities had deliberate a
beautification venture across the Ekamra Kshetra space to
develop it as a serious vacationer attraction.
The chief secretary additionally stated there have been frequent
agitations because the draft notification was not withdrawn.
“There’s critical apprehension that this may result in
widespread agitation and disturb the each day rituals within the
“This type of ambiance in temples is sure to harm
the spiritual sentiments of lakhs of devotees. The most important
congregation of devotees in Ekamra Kshetra will occur on
March 11 on the event of Maha Shivratri competition,”
You will need to have a peaceable ambiance and full
cooperation of servitors for conducting the competition by which
lakhs of devotees take part, the chief secretary stated.
The highest official additionally urged the NMA to seek the advice of with
stakeholders, temple administration and the state authorities
on the delicate spiritual concern.
“The state authorities is dedicated to constructive
cooperation,” Mohapatra stated.
BJP MP from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi, who had
confronted criticism for being silent over the NMA”s draft bylaws
for Ananta Basudev and Brahmeswar temples in her constituency,
on Monday lashed out on the state authorities, saying that its
demand was “politically motivated”.
“The draft bylaws for 5 monuments have been issued
to ask objections or ideas. If there may be any concern,
the state authorities ought to file it. What’s the that means of
demanding the withdrawal of the draft bylaws?,” the
bureaucrat-turned politician advised reporters right here.
Claiming that the heritage bylaws are meant to assist
folks and protect the monuments, she stated there is no such thing as a level
in demanding the withdrawal of the draft bylaws.
Although there’s a restriction regarding any new
development inside 100 metres of the prohibited space of an
ASI notified monument, Sarangi stated there are cases the place
sure classes of public facilities have been allowed to be
constructed, preserving the heritage character of the place intact.
The BJP MP additionally rejected the state authorities”s
allegation that the native companies weren’t taken into
consideration earlier than making the draft bylaws.
She claimed the director of the state tradition
division was conscious of the very fact.
Sarangi additionally alleged that the state companies didn’t
take the Archaeological Survey of India into confidence whereas
taking on the demolition actions for Ekamra Kshetra
She expressed concern over the “whimsical demolition”
of the Sanskrit School close to Suka-Sari temple in Bhubaneswar
and stated the following discovery of heritage buildings is a
typical instance of how central companies haven’t been concerned
within the train.
She additionally alleged that the Odisha authorities has not
shared any architectural plan or detailed venture report with
the ASI regardless of requests from the central authorities on the
Ekamra Kshetra Heritage initiative.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from the
state, had on Saturday final week requested the chief secretary
to look at each level of the draft bylaws and write a letter
to the Secretary of Tradition Ministry, itemizing the objections.
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