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Srimandir Heritage Corridor project: ASI report revealed State govt has not followed law of land, alleges BJP

10/05/2022 at 12:25 PM

Bhubaneswar, May 10: After the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) stated that the competent authority has not given valid permission or No-Objection Certificate (NOC) to the ongoing construction work of the Shree Mandira Parikrama Project, the opposition BJP launched a blistering attack on the BJD-led state government.

Taking to Twitter, BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra stated that we are neither against the development nor the beautification of the world heritage site but the law of the land should be followed which was not in this case.

Raising questions over the presentation of different Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) Patra Twitted “Different DPRs were presented at different times. WHY? To confuse? No one with the right intention would ever try to confuse. This is not what I say ..the report speaks of different DPRs!”

Patra further said, ” The fact that the ASI report states that in every probability the archaeological remains of the Heritage site might have been destroyed during the construction process, which the honorable High Court too mentioned, saddens me. “

Patra urged the Odisha government to give up its arrogance and accept the fact that they have erred. He further stated that the future generations would not forgive the present government for having possibly destroyed the archeological remains of our greatest heritage.

Similarly, Bhubaneswar MP Aparajita Sarangi also took to Twitter and expressed her concern over the safety of the 12th-century shrine and said “After filing of ASI’s affidavit before the Hon’ble High Court, I am convinced that Lord Jagannath is trying to save Himself and His temple from an elected State Government which is hell-bent upon brazenly defying the law.”

Sarangi further said a huge amount of money that came out of the pockets of common men is being spent on creating the infrastructure which could easily be created beyond 100 meters.

“If the structures are declared illegal tomorrow who will be responsible for wastage of hundreds of crores of rupees which is the hard-earned money of Odias?” she questioned.

Sarangi further said the joint inspection report of the ASI is worth reading and exposes all the wrongdoings of the state government.

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