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Centre to invite global tenders for preservation of Konark temple

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A view of the Konark temple. A file photo.
A view of the Konark temple. A file photo.

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To sanction 13 crores for development of monuments under ASI control

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre has decided to invite global tenders through the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for preservation of the 13th century Sun temple at Konark.

Union Culture Secretary Badal Das informed this to State Chief Secretary Ajit Kumar Tripathy at the Secretariat here on Friday.

The preservation work involved removal of sand from inside the Sun temple by which visitors would be able to see the wonderful stone carvings, an official release issued by the Chief Secretary’s Office said.

Apart from the work at the Konark temple, the Centre would sanction a sum of Rs. 13 crores for periphery development of as many as 78 monuments that were under the control of the ASI in the State.

Historical remains

The Centre also agreed to preserve the gold container containing the memory of Lord Buddha at the Ratnagiri Museum of the Culture Department.

On the request of the State government, the Centre would also accord necessary sanction for excavation and conservation of the historical remains at Sisupalgarh and Chandangarh. Mr. Das, however, stressed the need for removal of encroachments at these two sites.

When Mr. Tripathy raised the issue of ASI’s share of assistance for the proposed Kala Mandal, Mr. Das agreed to the request, the release said.

Other issues that figured during the discussion included proposals for lighting and maintenance of the temples under the Tourism Department and maintenance of Jagamohan of the Shri Jagannath temple at Puri.

The issue pertaining to financial assistance to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre was also discussed at the meeting. Mr. Das was said to have favourably responded to the demands of the State government, the release added.

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