Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to visit the Shree Jagannath Temple in Puri on Monday for the darshan of the deities for the first time after the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The visit of Patnaik holds significance as it comes in the wake of the draft notification issued by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) on ‘Heritage Bye-Laws’ meant for the Shree Jagannath Temple.
While scores of developmental projects and beautification of Srimandir’s periphery are underway, the draft prohibits constructions within 100 metres area around the 12th-century shrine.
As per the draft 100 metres area around the Srimandir to be declared as ‘prohibited area’ where no constructions can be carried out. A further 200 metre in all directions around the temple to be declared as ‘regulated area’ where construction must be approved by the NMA.
Puri MP Pinaki Mishra has termed the draft as an outrageous attempt by the Centre to derail the extraordinary work being done due to the Chief Minister’s untiring efforts to improve surroundings of the Srimandir in Puri and Lingaraj Mandir in Bhubaneswar.
The chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has also requested the National Monuments Authority (NMA) to withdraw the draft notification to protect the interest of the Lords, servitors and devotees.