Puri king welcomes Centre’s decision on withdrawal of heritage by-laws for Jagannath temple
Puri, Feb 9: A day after the withdrawal of the draft heritage by-laws issued by National Monuments Authority (NMA) for the Jagannath Temple here in Odisha, Puri king Gajapati Maharaj Shri Dibyasingh Deb on Tuesday welcomed the decision of Central Government in this regard.
“Gajapati Maharaj Shri Dibyasingh Deb welcomes the decision of the Central Government to withdraw the draft Heritage by-laws of Puri Jagannath Temple, subsidiary shrines and adjacent areas,” said a statement issued by Dibyasingh Deb today.
Shiri Gajapati Maharaja has appealed to the Central Government to hold prior consultations with the State Government of Odisha before taking any steps concerning Shri Jagannath Temple, it said.
Both the Central and State Governments must work hand-in-hand to transform Shri Jagannath-dharma Puri into one of the foremost religious, spiritual and cultural centres of the world, urged the king.
Notably, the Centre withdrew the contentious draft heritage by-laws for the Jagannath Temple in Puri in the wake of strong resentment from different quarters including Srimandir servitors and legislators cutting across partyline from the State.
"The draft heritage by-laws of Jagannath temple and subsidiary shrines have been withdrawn due to some technical glitches. The revised notice will be issued later," read a public notice issued by the NMA on Monday.
The NMA had recently come up with heritage by-laws 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.