NMA Suggests 7.5 Metres, SJTA Wants 12.19-Metre-Tall Office Building In Puri

by Dikhyaa Mohanty

In a letter to Odisha’s Culture Department, the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration requested that the original height of 12.19 metres for the SJTA office building in the Jagannath Temple’s “controlled” zone be maintained. The Puri Heritage Corridor includes the planned SJTA office building.

The National Monuments Authority (NMA) requested a revised design for its office building in the “regulated” zone by limiting its height to 7.5 metres, and the SJTA wrote to the state Culture Department in response. The NMA requested that the SJTA submit a new “no objection certificate” (NOC) application through the appropriate body for review.

The recommendation was made by the NMA during a meeting held in New Delhi on September 9 where it provided NOCs and recommendations for a number of developmental activities proposed by the Odisha government in the “protected” and “regulated” zones of centrally protected monuments in Puri (where the Shree Mandira Parikrama project is in progress), Bhubaneswar, and Konark.

“We want clearance for the originally suggested height of the building, for which we have written to the Culture Department,” SJTA Chief Administrator (Development) Ajay Jena stated. Our competent authority, the Culture Department, will recommend our request to the NMA. We anticipate getting the NOC.

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