Pradhan thanks PM, Culture Min after Centre withdraws heritage bylaws for Jagannath Temple
New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar, Feb 8: Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel after the Centre announced the withdrawal of the draft notification on heritage bylaws issued by National Monuments Authority (NMA) for Jagannath Temple in Puri, Odisha.
In a tweet, Pradhan said, “I extend my gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel for the withdrawal of notification related to Puri Srimandir with immediate effect, keeping faith and reverence for Lord Jagannath, Odia culture and sentiments of Sanatan beliefs.”
The Centre’s decision came after Pradhan and BJP MPs from Odisha met Patel demanding withdrawal of the controversial bylaws.
"Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Pratap Sarangi and BJP MPs from Odisha met me and informed about draft notification on Puri. The notification was issued without knowledge of NMA chairman. This is withdrawn immediately," said the Union Culture Minister in a tweet.
In another tweet, Patel informed that whenever any action will be taken concerning Puri, it will be taken with mutual consent.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who visited Puri Srimandir for the first time after Covid-19 pandemic, said, "Nobody can stop the work of Lord Jagannath."
Notably, the NMA had come up with heritage bylaws for the Jagannath Temple proposing the 100 metre area around the shrine be declared as ‘prohibited area’ where no constructions can be undertaken.
On the other hand, scores of developmental projects and beautification of Jagannath temple periphery are underway to make the pilgrim city a world-class heritage site.