ASI Begins Assessment

A day after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik requesting the Union Government to assess damage of Shree Jagannath Temple and Sun Temple Konark, Centre has immediately sent a High Level Team to Odisha Today.


Accordingly a High Level Team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials led by DG ASI, Usha Sharma is on a visit to Odisha to assess the nature and quantum of damage caused by cyclone Fani to Shree Jagannath Temple, Puri and Sun Temple, Konark.

Chief Minister Mr.Patnaik sent a letter to Union Minister Culture Mahesh Sharma in this regard on 9 May.
 The Team visited the Konark in forenoon on 10 May 2019. The team observed that by and large there is no structural damage to the Monument.
The Team has informed that there is some dislocation in the scaffolding provided for chemical cleaning at upper level which is being set right.
More than 200 trees have been damaged which are being cleared. The electric and illumination system including internet access has gone out of order, restoration of which will take some time.
The monument will be opened to public in next 2-3 days. The chemical cleaning and consolidation of eastern face will be completed on priority. The monument will be restored back to normal within about a fortnight.
The team is now in the process of visiting Shree Jagannath Puri Temple to assess the damage. 

After the visit the Team will also suggest restoration exercise needed for the monuments and the surrounding areas.

Earlier, the Superintending Archaeologist, Bhubaneswar Circle ASI had inspected Monuments including Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri.
He found certain damages on the Surface but no major damage to the structure of the temple.

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