Konark Sun Temple reopens


Bhubaneswar: The World Heritage site of Sun Temple at Konark, which was closed since May 3 due to cyclone Fani, was reopened for public from Tuesday.

Tourists are purchasing manual tickets from the temple counter to visit the 13th century monument.

The Heritage site has not suffered any infrastructure damage in the extremely severe cyclone Fani. A team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) Director General Usha Sharma on Friday assessed the extent of damage caused by Fani to the temple and found no structural damage.

However, the numerous scaffoldings that surrounded the monument for chemical cleaning were dislocated and around 200 trees were either uprooted or damaged in the cyclonic storm. Electrical illumination and digital entry systems of monument were also completely damaged.

Cyclone Fani, the extremely severe cyclonic storm, made landfall around 8 am in Puri on May 3 causing widespread destruction 11 districts including Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and 64 reported deaths. It also caused significant structural damages to the 12th century Jagannath Temple in Puri.

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