The development of the Puri Heritage Hall has snowballed into a serious political controversy with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)’s newest submission within the Orissa Excessive Courtroom stating that the continuing building actions with none legitimate permission may need brought on harm to the enduring Jagannath temple.

After a joint investigation by state authorities officers and the ASI, the central physique stated that the required permission by competent authorities weren’t granted and the development actions could be endangering the temple’s structural security.

Earlier, an affidavit was filed within the Orissa Excessive Courtroom after a PIL in April stating considerations over the development actions undertaken across the prohibited zone of twelfth century Jagannath Puri temple advanced.

The Naveen Patnaik-led BJD authorities has come beneath fireplace from the BJP over the execution of the Puri mission. After ASI’s current stand, the political tussle between the 2 events has solely intensified.

Few days again, BJP nationwide spokesperson Sambit Patra demanded that the work within the prohibited zone be stopped, accusing the BJD authorities of the state of finishing up the mission illegally.

Patra, who unsuccessfully contested the Puri Lok Sabha seat in 2019, on Wednesday charged the BJD administration with enterprise the heritage hall mission work in an “unlawful” method.

BJP MP Aparajita Sarangi had additionally demanded that the work for the mission be stopped instantly after the ASI knowledgeable the excessive court docket that they by no means gave any permission to hold on with the constructive actions within the prohibited zone of the temple advanced.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik together with Puri’s titular king Gajapati Dibya Singha Deb had final 12 months laid the muse stone for the mission which seeks to offer higher facilities to pilgrims, together with bathrooms and cloakrooms.

The state had knowledgeable the court docket that correspondences had been exchanged between the Odisha authorities and the Nationwide Monuments Authority (NMA), which features beneath the Union Ministry of Tradition and is accountable for grant of permission for construction-related exercise within the “prohibited and controlled” areas.

(With inputs from PTI)

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