Bhubaneswar, August 8 (LocalWire): The iconic Konarak Sun temple, an ASI-protected monument, accorded UNESCO World Heritage Site status, will now come under the protective security ring of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) in view of security threat due to the Kashmir situation.
Inspector General, CISF, Kolkata headquarters, AN Mahapatra, today inspected the protected site ahead of the security takeover by the central agency, said officials.
‘A team of senior CISF personnel inspected the monument site and chalked out the required measures and logistics like setting up security surveillance towers. We accompanied them,’ said Arun Malik, superintending archaeologist, ASI, Bhubaneswar Circle.
‘Currently, ASI has hired a posse of 25 armed private security personnel who are guarding the monument round-the-clock. We are expecting the Sun Temple’s security takeover by CISF very shortly,’ he said.
Despite threat perception, there is no immediate proposal of handing over the security of the 12th century Jagannath temple, also an ASI-protected structure, to Central para-military forces, confided officials.
The state police is currently doing an admirable job in providing security to the holy shrine. A police station is functioning right across the temple. The foolproof security frisking is being carried out at the four entry gateways to the holy shrine. The temple precinct and areas on its periphery has been brought under round-the-clock CCTV coverage.
However, in view of the security threat, police have further heightened the temple security, said P K Mohapatra, the chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA).