Bylaws on 2 Bhubaneswar temples to be withdrawn soon says Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of a huge uproar over the controversial bylaws prepared by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) for two ancient temples in Ekamra Kshetra here, the Central Government has reportedly ordered to withdraw the draft notification. “The bylaws on Brahmeswar and Ananta Basudeba temples will be withdrawn soon,” informed Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi on Sunday. Clarifying over NMA bylaws, he said it was a draft notification, not a final order. “Like the heritage bylaws were framed for Puri Shreemandir, the NMA prepared the draft notification for the two temples in Bhubaneswar. We have discussed with Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism Prahlad Singh Patel in this regard and an order has been given to the NMA for withdrawal of the draft,” Sarangi told media.

Opposing the bylaws, he said the draft notification should not have been circulated in this manner. “A draft notification was prepared seeking public opinion for enforcing construction restrictions around national monuments.

Before preparing the draft, the NMA should have consulted others. However, the Union Culture Minister has already ordered to withdraw the bylaws,” he said.