Konark: Secretary to Chief Minister (Transformation and Initiatives) V Karthikeyan Pandian paid a surprise visit to the Sun temple here at 5 am on Thursday.
He was accompanied by Works secretary Krishan Kumar, Puri collector Balwant Singh and SP Uma Shankar Das and superintendent of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Arun Mallick.
During the visit, Pandian reviewed the design map for the beautification of the temple periphery. Later, he went around the temple and visited the Information Centre (Vyakhyana Kendra) developed by IOCL, handicraft market and the temple periphery.
The team later headed for Puri after visiting the Chandrabhaga beach.
The 5-T secretary’s visit will be soon followed up by beautification work of of the Sun temple, officials said.