Bhubaneswar, 2 June-2014(OD): The Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) has requested the Union Civil Aviation Ministry to declare the shrine as a ‘no-flying zone’.
SJTA Chief Administrator Arabinda Padhee told reporters here on Saturday that he has written a letter to the Union Civil Aviation Ministry in this regard. “I hope the Director General, Civil Aviation (DGCA) under the Ministry will seriously take up the matter and issue a notification to this effect very soon,” Padhee said.
Though the Ministry has formulated a specific rule not to allow any aircraft to fly over any heritage site in the country, there have been frequent violations of this as some foreign tourists have managed to take aerial pictures of these sites as well as of other sensitive and prohibited areas with the help of cameras fitted in quadcopters and private planes.
Such activities are a matter of serious concern, especially when there is apprehension among people over the safety and security of the Jagannath Temple, SJTA sources said.
Following the display of the aerial photographs of the Konark Sun Temple and the Jagannath Temple in the social media, State Home Secretary Vipin Saxena in a statement on April 30 this year had also said that declaring the heritage sites as ‘no-fly zones’ is an urgent necessity.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)