Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Tuesday said the draft bylaws prepared by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) for the Lingaraj Temple in the Ekamra Kshetra in the city is a farce.
Talking to the media, BJD leader Pratap Deb said when the state government undertook the heritage development works in Puri and Bhubaneswar, where was the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)?
Referring to the bylaws for the Ekamra Kshetra, he wanted to know whether the Culture Ministry had any budget allocation for its development.
“When the state government took up development of the heritage sites, the Centre framed new policies. The Centre will neither take any steps for the development of such places nor will allow the state to do so. The only aim of the Centre is to scuttle the efforts of the state government. But it will not succeed in its attempt,” Deb pointed out.