Bhubaneswar: The state government has expedited the process to remove water from the premises of the Sun temple at Konark.
Tourists coming in large number to visit the Sun temple are facing a lot of problem as the temple premise is surrounded by knee-deep water following torrential rains threatening the 13th century structure.
Taking stock of the situation, tourism and culture minister Prafulla Samal had a high-level meeting at the State Secretariat here today.
Briefing newsmen after the meeting, the minister said that a team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has been entrusted to pump out the water from the temple premises.
Besides, the screening team and scientific team have already visited the temple to assess the problem, he, said, adding that four water pumps have been pressed into service to pump out water.
He also said that a drainage system inside the temple will be constructed to release the water to the roadside drain.
This apart, the state government has asked the local authority to evict the local shopkeepers from near the temple to set aside water-logging problem inside the temple premises, Samal added.