A big relief for the heritage lovers! A high level team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) led by DG ASI, Smt Usha Sharma which visited Sun Temple, Konark to assess the damage caused by cyclone Fani has observed that by and large there is no structural damage to the monument. The state government had sought help from the ASI to assess the damage caused to these world heritage monuments. The team will also suggest restoration exercise needed for the monument and the surrounding areas.
The team has informed that there is some dislocation in the scaffolding provided for chemical cleaning at upper level which is being set right. More than 200 trees have been damaged which are being cleared. The electric and illumination system including internet access has gone out of order, restoration of which will take some time. The monument will be opened to public in next 2-3 days. The chemical cleaning and consolidation of eastern face will be completed on priority. The monument will be restored back to normal within about a fortnight.
The team is now in the process of visiting Sri Jagannath Puri Temple to assess the damage. Earlier, the Superintending Archaeologist, Bhubaneswar Circle ASI had inspected Monuments including Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri. He found certain damages on the surface but no major damage to the structure of the temple.
Fani cyclone which hit the coastal Odisha on 1st& 2ndMay has killed 41 people so far in the state. The cyclone was particularly severe in Puri district where Konark temple is located. Considering the severity of the cyclone it was feared that the 13thcentury Sun temple might have suffered some structural damage. However, clarification by the ASI team has come as a big relief for the people of Odisha and devotees and heritage lovers.