Undertaken at an estimated cost of `331.28 crore, the project project includes SJTA building redevelopment, a 600-capacity.
As majority of leaders of all political including the Chief Minister were at Puri for the Rath Yatra festival, meetings of the legislature parties could not be held on Friday.
The movement on ‘Srimandir Banchao’ was clearly based on safety and security of our beloved deity Lord Jagannath’s temple.
The Opposition BJP and Congress have also welcomed the rejection of the PILs and said that there should not be politicisation of the construction work any more.
The MP said it was for the court to decide on the legalities of the project, AMASR Act and ASI’s role.
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The necessity of a CBI probe comes when something secret needs to be unearthed, but, here everything is in the open.
Puri should not be made a picnic spot or exhibition centre for enjoyment of all in the name of development, he added.
Besides, the ASI in its survey report to the High Court had made it clear that its permission was not taken for construction activities.
Sarangi further urged the district administration to complete the project before the Rath Yatra on July 1 for the larger interest of pilgrims.
Odisha government failed to protect the heritage and culture of Odisha, says Patra; and in response Puri MP hits back with rejected politician jibe.
The Bhubaneswar MP, however, avoided commenting on Puri’s BJP MLA Jayanta Sarangi, who has been facing criticism within the party, for his alleged support to the project.
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BJP MP Aparajita Mohanty and national spokesperson Sambit Patra have targeted the State government by describing the project as illegal but Puri MLA has expressed his desire for the completion.
A member of the Cultural Advisory Committee said that for better management of the crowd, it was decided to move the proposed facility from the prohibited zone to the regulated zone.
Mishra said as the Advocate General informed that the State government has differences on some issues mentioned by the ASI in its affidavit, the High Court has given it time to file counter affidavit.
Seeking intervention of the Culture Ministry into the issue, Sarangi said that the work on the project should be immediately stopped as it is a violation of the AMASR Act.
OBCC is yet to submit reports on ground penetrating radar survey and heritage impact assessment to ASI which is custodian of the 12th century temple.