The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which is in charge of conservation and preservation of Sun Temple at Konark since 1915 has informed the Orissa High Court that it (ASI) is taking utmost care for proper protection of the 800-year-old ruined edifice.

ASI superintending archaeologist A. K. Patel informed about it to the High Court on Thursday in a counter affidavit in response to a PIL filed by a city-based advocate Dilip Mohapatra.

Mohapatra had filed the petition in the wake of massive water-logging in the temple premises in June and August this year.

In subsequent affidavits, the petitioner had alleged that while lakhs of rupees are being spent towards preservation of the protected monument, cracks have appeared in the archeological wonder making it very unsafe for visitors.

Allegations

Refuting the allegations made in the petition, the ASI maintains that the monument is in good state of preservation and there is no threat to it due to water-logging. “The foundation including the soil deposit has been examined by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee and found that there is no danger to the foundation of the temple”, the counter affidavit said.

ASI however, has expressed concernover the rain water logging inside the temple but maintains that adequate steps are being taken to clear the water-logging immediately after the rain subsides.

Due to high rise of the surrounding areas of the temple complex, rain water accumulates since there are no drainage provisions, the ASI affidavits says adding that pumps are being used immediately to clear the accumulated rain water.

The affidavit also indicated that during an international workshop held here in March this year; the issue of rain water accumulation was discussed in which it was decided to constitute a steering committee to look after the problem under four working groups.