She claimed that the heritage by-laws are intended to help the general public by streamlining the norms for taking up reconstruction/renovation activities in the restricted areas of the ASI-protected monuments. There are 80 monuments in Odisha being protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), she said at a Press meet here.
On the allegation that the Centre didn’t take the State into confidence while drafting by-laws, the MP countered saying that the State agencies have not taken the Central agencies like ASI into confidence while taking up the demolition drive, especially in a zone which is so dense in heritage structures and in structures yet to be excavated.
She said the careless demolition of the Sanskrit college near Suka-Sari temple and the subsequent discovery of heritage structures underneath is a typical example of how Central agencies have not been involved in demolition, planning and implementation of an important project.
She put five posers and expected that the State Government will answer them in the public one by one.
“Why was ASI not involved at the stage of carrying out demolition around important monuments filled with heritage structure? Why many ASI letters since June 2018 and show-cause notices have not been responded to,” wanted to know Sarangi.
The DG,ASI had met the Senior Officials of the State Government on December 22, 2019 and had requested to share the architectural plan and the Detailed Project Report so that NMA could consider issuance of NOC. Will the State Government explain why the architectural plan and DPR were not shared and what is the reason for secretively preparing the development plan without involving the representatives like the local Member of Parliament, questioned the MP
She also wanted to know why the State Government is is raising a hue and cry about the draft by- laws of NMA without giving its suggestions and objections to such draft publication which have provided 30 days' notice period for such objections?
Will the State Government clarify which architectural firms have been engaged to draw up the plans for extremely important heritage structures like Jagannath Temple, Puri, and Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneshwar, asked Sarangi.
Will the State Government clarify what is the role of Archohm Architectural Firm, Noida and Bhumiputra Architectural Firm Bangalore in doing the architectural plan for extremely sensitive heritage projects in Odisha? Who is paying the consultancy fees to these firms and who is availing their services, she wanted to know.